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 #2, April 2005

Court Affirms Workers' Compensation Benefits to Man Alleging Benzene Exposure

An Arkansas Court of Appeals has affirmed workers' compensation benefits to a 51-year old man alleging benzene exposure, finding that the evidence sufficiently supported the plaintiff's claim

Bridgestone Moves to Dismiss Benzene Complaint, Claims Employer Immunity

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

Parties in Mississippi Benzene Complaints Dispute Jurisdiction

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

Benzene Defendants Move to Dismiss for Lack of Specificity, Cite <i>Mangialardi</i>

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

Judgment Entered in $2 Million Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Verdict

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

Parties Await Ruling on Motion Seeking Workers' Compensation Immunity for Medical Monitoring Claims

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>

Oil and Gas Companies, Local Government Knew about Toxic Fumes, Complaint Alleges

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...

Court Rules Exposure Occurred Before Workers' Compensation Act, Remands Lawsuit

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

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