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 #175, July 2019

Defendants in Chemical Exposure Suit Move for Summary Judgment, Challenge Admissibility of Testimony

Defendants named in a chemical exposure lawsuit have moved for summary judgment, and for the exclusion of expert testimony, contending that the plaintiffs have failed to prove that the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. employee was exposed to sufficient levels of the alleged toxin.

Wash. Benzene Plaintiffs Filed Amended Complaint, Adds 2 New Defendants

Benzene plaintiffs contending that exposure to chemicals and solvents during employment as a guitar repair technician caused the development of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia have amended their complaint to add two new defendants to the action.

La. Court Awards Summary Judgment to Defendants in Chemical Exposure Suit, Says Claims Barred by LWCA

A Louisiana federal court has awarded summary judgment to defendants named in a chemical exposure lawsuit, finding that the plaintiffs had failed to establish that their claims fell under the intentional act exception in the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act.

PFOA/PFOS MDL Court Schedules Science Day for September, Outlines Topics of Discussion

The federal court overseeing the PFOA and PFOS foam multidistrict litigation docket has scheduled a Science Day for Sept. 6, stipulating that each side will be allowed to offer up two experts to address the court.

Calif. Court Proposes Reduction of $2 Billion Roundup Verdict to $86.7 Million Total

A state court that presided over a Roundup personal injury trial that ended in a $2 billion verdict earlier this year has conditionally granted Monsanto’s motion for a new trial in the proceedings unless the plaintiffs stipulate to a reduced judgment of $86.7 million total.

U.S. Steel Challenges Plaintiff Expert Testimony in Benzene Case, Contests Exposure Calculations

U.S. Steel has moved to exclude the testimony of a plaintiff expert in a benzene case, maintaining that the expert’s cumulative exposure calculation was not based on facts or evidence in the case, but rather on assumptions or extrapolations.

MDL Judge Reduces $75 Million Punitive Damage Verdict in Roundup Case

The judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation docket for Roundup personal injury claims has reduced a $75 million punitive damage verdict issued earlier this year, saying the size of the award was constitutionally impermissible.

U.S. Petitions JPML to Reestablish Camp Lejeune Water Contamination MDL

The United States has petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to reestablish a coordinated multidistrict litigation docket for claims connected to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, saying that the denial of approximately 4,400 administrative tort claims has prompted the filing of several FTCA actions.

Benzene Exposure Case Settles on Eve of Trial, Bringing Settlement Total to $6.3 Million

A California case in which an auto body mechanic alleged that his cancer was caused by various benzene-containing products he used on the job has settled on the eve of trial, bringing the settlement total to $6.3 million, sources told HarrisMartin.

Issue #174, June 2019

Plaintiff Counsel in Roundup MDL Case Appeal Orders Sanctioning Trial Team Members

Counsel for plaintiffs the first Roundup personal injury suit to proceed to trial in the national multidistrict litigation docket have indicated their intent to appeal two pretrial orders in which the MDL judge sanctioned trial team members for “acts of misconduct” during opening statements.

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