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 #8, October 2005

Benzene Defendant Opposes Preferential Trial Setting Motion

A defendant in a benzene action has opposed the plaintiffs' attempts to receive a preferential trial setting, arguing that the plaintiffs have not sufficiently proved that one of the plaintiffs has a substantial interest in the case

Mason Worker Names More Than 150 Defendants in Recent Benzene Lawsuit

An Illinois couple have filed a benzene complaint contending that more than 150 defendants are liable for a mason worker's acute myelogenous leukemia

Benzene Plaintiff Supports Motion Seeking Production of Documents

Calling the issues of the dispute ''straightforward,'' a benzene plaintiff has filed a brief in support of his motion seeking production of documents from Chevron

Hurricane Activity Delays Progress in Several Benzene Proceedings

Recent Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have delayed progress in several benzene lawsuits pending in Mississippi and Texas

Jury Awards $13.3 Million in Compensatory Damages to Benzene Plaintiffs<br><br>

Parties involved in a benzene lawsuit reached a confidential settlement shortly after a jury awarded $13.3 in compensatory damages to a plaintiff who developed myelodysplastic syndrome after exposure to benzene, sources told HarrisMartin...

Issue #7, September 2005

The <i>Parker</i> Decision: Making a Distinction Between Public Health Goals and Cognizable Proof

Abstracts from the Literature - Benzene September 2005

Plaintiffs File Motion to Remand, Argue FHSA Does Not Preempt Claims

A plaintiff who claims that exposure to benzene caused his acute myelogenous leukemia has moved to remand his case to state court, arguing that they are not preempted by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act

Plaintiffs Defend Amended Complaint, Say Defense Challenges 'Belated'

A former painter has defended the fraudulent concealment claims in his amended complaint, saying that because the defendant was required by state regulations to disclose possible toxic hazards, fraudulent concealment claims are viable

Benzene Plaintiff Moves for Order Compelling Production of 'Useable' Documents

A benzene plaintiff has asked the court overseeing his claims to compel his former employer to produce readable documents relating to products shipped on the railroad cars the plaintiff worked on

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