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 #7, September 2005
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 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
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 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
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
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
According to a scheduling order entered July 12, discovery requests and responses in the aromatic hydrocarbon lawsuit will be completed by September 14
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
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