Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation

HarrisMartin's Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation Report will track recent developments in litigation stemming from exposure to benzene, as well as a number of other emerging areas of toxic tort litigation, such as talc, silica, pesticides and other chemical exposures.



Issue #8, October 2005

Hurricane Activity Delays Progress in Several Benzene Proceedings

Recent Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have delayed progress in several benzene lawsuits pending in Mississippi and Texas

Jury Awards $13.3 Million in Compensatory Damages to Benzene Plaintiffs<br><br>

Parties involved in a benzene lawsuit reached a confidential settlement shortly after a jury awarded $13.3 in compensatory damages to a plaintiff who developed myelodysplastic syndrome after exposure to benzene, sources told HarrisMartin...

Issue #7, September 2005

The <i>Parker</i> Decision: Making a Distinction Between Public Health Goals and Cognizable Proof

Abstracts from the Literature - Benzene September 2005

Plaintiffs File Motion to Remand, Argue FHSA Does Not Preempt Claims

A plaintiff who claims that exposure to benzene caused his acute myelogenous leukemia has moved to remand his case to state court, arguing that they are not preempted by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act

Plaintiffs Defend Amended Complaint, Say Defense Challenges 'Belated'

A former painter has defended the fraudulent concealment claims in his amended complaint, saying that because the defendant was required by state regulations to disclose possible toxic hazards, fraudulent concealment claims are viable

Benzene Plaintiff Moves for Order Compelling Production of 'Useable' Documents

A benzene plaintiff has asked the court overseeing his claims to compel his former employer to produce readable documents relating to products shipped on the railroad cars the plaintiff worked on

Judge Denies BP Summary Judgment Motion on Eve of Jury Selection

A judge overseeing a benzene trial denied a summary judgment motion made by BP Corp. just one week before jury selection began in the ongoing trial

Employees Request Remand of Case, Claim FHSA Does Not Preempt State Law Claims

Employees at Georgia-Pacific Corp.'s Crossett, Ark., facility who allegedly developed cancer from exposure to benzene have asked the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas to remand their case to state court

Judge Grants Motion to Exclude Asbestos-Related Litigation Testimony

The judge overseeing a benzene trial currently underway in California has granted a plaintiff's motion in limine that sought the preclusion of testimony relating to the plaintiff's former involvement in asbestos litigation

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