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 #4, June 2005

Court Enforces Order Dismissing Several Defendants without Prejudice

A circuit court has granted several benzene defendants' motions to dismiss claims asserted against them, simultaneously denying the plaintiffs' motion for relief from an order relating to the dismissals

Federal Court Enters Summary Judgment, Benzene Case Closed

A federal court has granted summary judgment to defendants in the claims of three benzene plaintiffs, effectively closing the case

Issue #3, May 2005

Abstracts From the Literature - Benzene May 2005

Benzene Exposure and Hematopoietic Malignancies: An Interview with David Pyatt, Ph.D.

Bridgestone Reasserts Contention that Claims Fall Under the Workers' Compensation Act

Benzene defendant Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. has filed a reply in support of its motion to dismiss, reasserting arguments that the plaintiffs' claims fit the definition of an occupational disease under the Iowa Workers' Compensation Act

Appellate Court Precludes Expert Testimony, Grants Summary Judgment

An appellate court has reversed a previous denial of summary judgment, finding that expert testimony offered by the plaintiff did not quantify the amount of alleged exposure to benzene, therefore rendering the testimony inadmissible

Rust-Oleum Moves for Sanctions in Benzene Case, Cites Deficient Interrogatory Responses

Defendant Rust-Oleum has moved for a sanctions order, claiming that the plaintiffs failed to properly respond to the benzene defendant's interrogatories and request for production of documents

Parties Settle Myelodysplasia Syndrome Case

A plaintiff who alleged his work as a mechanic exposed him to the benzene-containing product Liquid Wrench has settled his claims with the remaining defendants, according to the court docket

Jurisdiction Dispute Resolved in Benzene Action

A federal court judge has remanded a benzene action after the only defendant to remove the case settled with the plaintiffs

Dow Says Causation Lacking, Property Owner Immunity Precludes Claims

Dow Chemical is awaiting a hearing on three separate summary judgment motions in a benzene lawsuit, asserting a lack of causation, workers' compensation and property owner immunity

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