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.
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Issue #5, July 2005
A benzene lawsuit that was set to be tried in July has been voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs, with a right to re-file
A June 29 trial date is set for a pipe fitter's claim that benzene exposure caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
A federal judge has denied a defense motion to strike the plaintiffs' experts, while commenting that the ''initial climate of cooperation [had] completely deteriorated'' during discovery in a benzene proceeding
Radiator Specialty has removed a benzene lawsuit, claiming that federal statutes apply because the plaintiff alleges exposure in the workplace.
Liberty Mutual has filed a complaint for declaratory judgment against Cerro Flow Products Inc., seeking a judgment that it does not owe a duty to the company for underlying claims involving asbestos and benzene
Issue #4, June 2005
A state court judge has granted a motion to change venue in a benzene case involving the cosmetics industry.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas has granted a motion to dismiss made by defendants who claimed the plaintiffs failed to prove the defendants had exclusive control over the products that allegedly caused their injuries
A defendant named in an acute myelogenous leukemia lawsuit has moved to dismiss the claims, asserting that the plaintiffs have failed to link the exposure to a specific product of the defendant