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 #8, October 2005
Recent Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have delayed progress in several benzene lawsuits pending in Mississippi and Texas
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
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
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
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
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 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
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