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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 #10, December 2005

Radiator Specialty Settlement Prompts Remand

A federal court judge has indicated her intent to remand a benzene complaint because the lone removing party has reached a settlement with the plaintiffs


Parties Dispute Particularity of Facts

Plaintiffs in a benzene lawsuit have opposed a motion to dismiss, stating that their complaint sufficiently names specific chemicals, products


Plaintiffs Move to Remand, Argue FHSA Doesn't Preempt State Law Claims

Benzene plaintiffs have moved to remand their claims, arguing that the Federal Hazardous Substances Act does not preempt claims


Safety Kleen Joins in Motion to Transfer; Plaintiffs File Opposition

Plaintiffs in a benzene action continue to oppose defense motions to transfer, claiming that not only does the federal court not have


Plaintiffs Appeal Summary Judgment Order to 8th Circuit

Benzene plaintiffs have filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, requesting that the court review a


Benzene Defendant Petitions High Court in Takings Clause Dispute

The City of San Antonio has filed a brief in support of its petition to the state's highest court, arguing that the plaintiffs do not cite


Defendants Resolve Claims with Plaintiffs; Settlements Total $1.1 Million

Defendants remaining in a benzene lawsuit that was scheduled to begin trial on Nov. 28 in the


Miss. Court Severs Claims, Grants Motion to Compel in Benzene Lawsuit

A Mississippi court has issued an order granting a defense motion for a protective order, ruling that


New Complaints Emerge in Wake of $13.3 Million Benzene Verdict

Two new benzene complaints have been filed by residents of the same Missouri community as another benzene plaintiff who was recently awarded


Benzene Trial Pushed Back to Jan. 12; Motion to Compel Still Pending

A benzene trial set to begin last month was continued to Jan. 12, sources told HarrisMartin


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