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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 #13, March 2006

Federal Court Remands Several Benzene Proceedings

A federal court has remanded several benzene claims, stating that precluding plaintiffs from asserting a cause of action for failure to


Plaintiff Seeks Order Compelling Production of Shell's Documents

A benzene plaintiff is opposing Shell Oil Company's motion for a protective order, saying its discovery requests are ''narrowly tailored to elicit


Plaintiffs Claim Non-Appearance by Defendant Justifies Award of Costs

Plaintiffs in a benzene action have filed a motion for costs, saying that a defendant's non-appearance at a mandatory settlement


Ink Supplier Moves for Summary Judgment, Says Product is Safe

An ink supplier named in a benzene lawsuit has moved for summary judgment, claiming that the decedent in the lawsuit did


Benzene Lawsuit Remanded After Court Rejects Preemption Under FHSA

Saying that claims alleging non-compliance with the Federal Hazardous Substances Act are not subject to preemption


Federal Court Remands Claims, Says FHSA Doesn't Preempt Benzene Lawsuit

A federal court has remanded a benzene lawsuit, after finding that the Federal Hazardous Substances Act does not


New Judge Appointed in Coordinated Delaware Cases

A new judge has been appointed to oversee the coordinated benzene proceedings in Delaware, sources told HarrisMartin


Missouri Defendants Denied Relief from State High Court

Defendants have been denied relief from Missouri's high court over a trial court decision denying summary judgment on statute


Court Rejects <i>Daubert</i> Challenge to Testimony Based on Dissipated Gas Levels

A Kentucky trial court has dismissed an admissibility challenge to an expert testifying on behalf of a benzene plaintiff whose exposure was


Court Finds Diagnosis Triggered Statute of Limitations, Dismisses Claims

A federal court has granted a motion to dismiss filed by Radiator Specialty and U.S. Steel in a Liquid Wrench case, finding that the claims


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