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

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

Abstracts from the Literature - Benzene July 2005

How Epidemiological Studies Prove Causation in Chemical Exposure Cases

Plaintiffs Oppose Motion to Dismiss Based on Product ID Requirements

Plaintiffs involved in an acute myelogenous leukemia lawsuit have opposed Acuity Specialty Products Groups' motion to dismiss, stating that their complaint states sufficient facts for strict products liability, negligence and breach of warranty claims

W.Va. Plaintiff Dismisses Flexsys America Co. from Aromatic Hydrocarbon Lawsuit

The parties in a recently filed benzene lawsuit have agreed to the dismissal of defendant Flexsys America Co., stating that it does not presently appear that the chemical to which the plaintiff alleges exposure was on the defendant's premises during the a

Plaintiffs Alleging Exposure to Benzene-Containing Liquid Wrench Settle

The defendants remaining in a benzene case have settled their claims before the June 27 trial date, sources have told HarrisMartin Publishing

Chemical Company Files Demurrer, Calls Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint 'Recycled'

A benzene defendant has moved to strike the plaintiffs' third amended complaint, arguing that the complaint still does not state facts justifying a cause of action

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