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 #3, May 2005

Scheduling Order Entered in Plumber's Benzene Lawsuit

A federal court judge overseeing a plumber's benzene exposure lawsuit has entered a scheduling order aimed at trying the claims early next year

Defendants File Post-Trial Motions in $2 Million Benzene Verdict

Defendants found liable in a $2 million benzene verdict have filed post-trial motions asserting that the plaintiff failed to timely file his lawsuit, that several of the plaintiff's expert witnesses did not satisfy admissibility standards and that the pla

Texas Court Denies Motion Seeking Preemption of Benzene Claims

A trial court recently denied a motion by U.S. Steel Co. for summary judgment in a benzene case on grounds that claims are preempted by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and a plaintiff's admission that he failed to read warnings on the allegedly defec

Federal Courts Grant Motions to Exclude Testimony of Benzene Plaintiffs' Expert

A federal court has denied a motion to reconsider an order in which it found that the causation testimony of plaintiffs' expert Barry S. Levy, M.D., is inadmissible under <i>Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals</i>

Court Rejects Defense Motions Seeking Workers' Compensation Immunity

A West Virginia Court has denied defense motions in two state court benzene cases in which the defendants' sought workers' compensation immunity against the medical monitoring class action lawsuits

Parties in Texas Benzene Case Hold Admissibility Hearings

A judge in the 239th Judicial District Court for Brazoria County, Texas, recently oversaw hearings on several defense motions to exclude plaintiffs' expert testimony, sources told HarrisMartin Publishing

Issue #2, April 2005

Research Watch, <i>Litigation Watch: Benzene,</i> April 2005

U.S. Steel Resolves Claims of Plaintiff Alleging Benzene Exposure Caused Leukemia

U.S. Steel Corp. has resolved claims asserted against the company which arose from the plaintiff's exposure to the benzene-containing product Liquid Wrench

Plaintiffs Move to Remand, Refute Applicability of Federal Hazardous Substances Act

Plaintiffs alleging exposure to benzene have opposed the defendants' removal of the lawsuit, claiming that the Federal Hazardous Substances Act does not regulate their claims

U.S. Steel Designates Experts in Myelodysplasia Syndrome Case

U.S. Steel Corp. has designated expert witnesses in a benzene lawsuit in which the plaintiff alleges that his work as a mechanic exposed him to the benzene-containing product Liquid Wrench

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