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 #6, August 2005

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

Radiator Specialty Asserts Federal Hazardous Substances Act in Removal

Radiator Specialty has removed the claims of a plaintiff who alleges that benzene exposure caused his leukemia, saying that the Federal Hazardous Substances Act applies to the claims

Transfer in Benzene Lawsuit Involving Cosmetics Industry Becomes Official

An order transferring a benzene case filed against the cosmetics industry from Oakland to Santa Clara, Calif., has become official

Judge Rules on Several <i>In Limine</i> Motions in Ongoing Benzene Trial

A judge overseeing an ongoing benzene trial has denied several <i>in limine</i> motions which sought the preclusion of several plaintiff expert witnesses

Benzene Defendants Oppose Motion to Exclude Asbestos-Related Litigation Testimony

Chevron is opposing a motion in limine which seeks to preclude testimony relating to plaintiff's former involvement in asbestos

Plaintiffs Set to Take Deposition of BP Corporation CEO

Plaintiffs with benzene claims set to be tried in August are scheduled to take the deposition of BP Corporation North America Inc. CEO John Browne on July 28

Court Awards Summary Judgment, Rules Claims Barred by Workers' Comp Statutes

A federal court has awarded summary judgment to a benzene plaintiff's employer, ruling that the plaintiff's claims were precluded by his filing of a workers' compensation claim

14 Plaintiffs Allege Benzene Exposure at Georgia-Pacific Facility

In a recently filed lawsuit, 14 former Georgia-Pacific workers have alleged various injuries they claim were all caused by exposure to aromatic hydrocarbons, including benzene

Issue #5, July 2005

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