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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 #12, February 2006

Joint Motion to Dismiss Radiator Specialty Granted

A federal court judge has granted an amended agreed motion for partial dismissal as to Radiator Specialty Co., releasing the defendant


U.S. Steel Moves to Dismiss, Says Plaintiff Fails to Prove Conspiracy

United States Steel Corp. has moved to dismiss a Texas couple's benzene lawsuit, arguing that the plaintiffs have failed


Parties in Insurance Dispute Vacate CMO, Agree to Stay Proceedings

Parties involved in an asbestos and benzene insurance dispute have abandoned a scheduling order putting the case on track for trial


Iowa Plaintiffs Say Ashland Inc. has to Produce Corporate Representative

Benzene plaintiffs have filed a motion for a protective order against Ashland Inc., claiming the company has not yet cooperated with


Court Hears Post-Trial Motions After $2 Million Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Verdict

A court that oversaw a trial resulting in a $2 million benzene verdict was scheduled to hear post-trial motions on Jan. 27, more than a year after trial


Man Says Petroleum Manufacturers Manipulated Study Results

An Arkansas man is suing 127 industrial producers, manufacturers and distributors, claiming the companies conspired in


Missouri Defendants Seek Relief from State High Court

Defendants who were recently denied review by an intermediate appellate court have filed a<i> writ</i> in the Missouri Supreme Court


ConocoPhillips Says Texas Couple Fails to State a Claim, Moves to Dismiss

ConocoPhillips Co. said a Texas couple fails to state a claim against them in their lawsuit against the company for an alleged


Radiator Specialty Says Pa. Couple's Claims are Preempted by FHSA

Radiator Specialty Co. said a Pennsylvania couple's benzene claims are preempted by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act


Federal Judge Orders Couple to Plead with Particularity

A Mississippi federal judge has ordered plaintiffs in a benzene lawsuit to file an amended complaint more specifically setting


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