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 #7, September 2005

Jury Finds Defendant's Failure to Warn Did Not Cause Plaintiff's Non-Hodgkin's

A jury has found that while Chevron failed to adequately warn of possible health risks associated with benzene exposure, those failures were not ultimately the cause of a plaintiff's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, HarrisMartin Publishing is reporting...

Plaintiffs Move for Preferential Trial Setting in Benzene Case

Plaintiffs asserting benzene claims have asked the court for a preferential trail setting, contending that a grandchild of the plaintiffs has a substantial interest in the case's outcome

Hearing Set to Resolve Jurisdictional Matters in Benzene Lawsuit

Radiator Specialty has responded to plaintiffs' motion to remand by claiming that the specific claims asserted against the defendant are subject to federal standards

Chevron Denied Motion for Nonsuit at Close of Plaintiff's Evidence

Chevron has been denied a motion for nonsuit at the close of evidence presented by the plaintiff who claims benzene exposure caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Benzene Plaintiffs Oppose Motion to Transfer Proceedings

Plaintiffs asserting benzene claims have opposed Radiator Specialty's motion to transfer the proceedings, claiming that the defendant waived its right to object to venue by answering the complaint

Issue #6, August 2005

Abstracts from the Literature - Benzene August 2005

Radiator Specialty Files Motion to Transfer Benzene Proceedings

Radiator Specialty has filed its own motion to transfer a benzene lawsuit, echoing arguments asserted in an earlier motion by co-defendant Southern Champion Tray

Discovery Deadline Entered in Recently Filed Aromatic Hydrocarbon Lawsuit

According to a scheduling order entered July 12, discovery requests and responses in the aromatic hydrocarbon lawsuit will be completed by September 14

Plaintiffs Support Claim for Punitive Damages in Benzene Case

Plaintiffs who have asserted a claim for punitive damages in their benzene lawsuit have filed an opposition to a defense motion to strike that claim, arguing that the defendant has ignored the 'ultimate facts' of the lawsuit

Chemical Co. Supports Demurrer, Claims Plaintiffs Fail to Prove Causal Link

On July 26, a chemical company named as a defendant in a benzene lawsuit supported its demurrer, contending that despite numerous opportunities, the plaintiffs have only identified one product manufactured by the company and have not provided any causal l

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