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 #2, April 2005
The employer of a man alleging injuries caused by benzene exposure has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing it is immune from common law liability claims under Iowa law
Radiator Specialty Co. has moved for an extension to respond to benzene plaintiffs' motion to remand, claiming an extension is necessary in order to conduct remand-related depositions
Several defendants named in a Mississippi benzene lawsuit have moved to dismiss, arguing that the plaintiffs have failed to comply with Mississippi's pleading requirements
A Mississippi judge recently entered judgment on a $2 million verdict in a case filed by a former mechanic who alleged that his exposure to benzene caused him to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Plaintiffs in a West Virginia benzene class action have opposed a motion to dismiss their claims, arguing that their causes of action for medical monitoring are not precluded by the Workers' Compensation Act because the members of the class do not present
Issue #1, March 2005
What the Experts Are Saying <br> The Expert Testimony of Richard Monson, M.D. in <i> Cave v. ExxonMobil, et al.</i>
Alumni and current students of Beverly Hills High School, as well as neighbors of the school, have sued several oil and gas companies and the school district alleging that the defendants knew harmful chemicals...
Court of Appeal Rules Trial Court Violated Venue Determination Procedure, Grants <i>Writ of Mandamus</i>
A trial court's refusal to transfer a benzene complaint filed by a Texas couple was a violation of state law because a previous complaint filed by the same plaintiffs had already established venue for the case, a Court of Appeals has ruled...
A federal court has remanded a benzene exposure lawsuit after finding that the 13 months that the plaintiff worked for his employer before a Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act went into effect was sufficient time to establish a valid cause of action agai
Prolonged rains caused gasoline liquid and vapors to seep into the basements of plaintiffs' homes, decreasing both indoor and outdoor air quality, and prompting the residents of the neighborhood who filed the complaint to request medical monitoring for fe