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 #182, February 2020

Roundup MDL Court Pushes Back Pretrial Conference, Hearing on Wave 1 Motions

The California federal court overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket for Roundup personal injury claims has pushed back a pretrial hearing in what is scheduled to be the next case to proceed to trial in wake of reports that global settlement talks are nearing completion.

Multi-Plaintiff Roundup Trial in Missouri Pulled Off Trial Docket

After informing parties that opening statements would begin on Wednesday, Feb. 5, a Missouri state court has pulled a multi-plaintiff Roundup personal injury lawsuit off the trial docket, as discussions on a global settlement continue.

Calif. Roundup Trial Continued Shortly Before Opening Statements as Settlement Talks Continue

Parties involved in a California Roundup case slated to begin trial have reached an agreement to postpone the proceedings, as work on a global settlement agreement to resolve Roundup personal injury claims continues.

Issue #181, January 2020

Radiator Specialty Moves for Summary Judgment in Benzene Action, Says Claims Preempted

Radiator Specialty has filed a motion for summary judgment in a benzene personal injury lawsuit, contending that the claims are preempted by the Federal Hazardous Substance Act.

Pa. Court Dismisses Benzene Personal Injury Action, Notes Claims Have Settled

A Pennsylvania federal court has dismissed a benzene personal injury action, noting that the remaining parties have reported that the claims had been settled.

Pa. Court Schedules Personal Jurisdiction Hearing in Benzene Personal Injury Action

A Pennsylvania trial court has scheduled a rule hearing to address challenges to personal jurisdiction in a recently filed benzene personal injury complaint, according to a recent court document.

New Benzene Complaints Pending in Pa. State Court, Say Auto Work Caused Injuries

Two new benzene personal injury lawsuits have been filed in Pennsylvania state court, with the plaintiffs contending that auto work required them to work with benzene-containing solvents, brake cleaners, and degreasers.

Plaintiffs, Safety-Kleen Reach Settlement Agreement in North Carolina Benzene Case

Plaintiffs with benzene personal injury claims pending in North Carolina have reached a settlement agreement with the lone remaining defendant in the action, Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., according to recent court documents.

Butter Flavorings Defendant Defends Efforts to Dismiss Suit, Says Company ‘Not at Home’ in S.C.

A defendant named in a butter flavorings lawsuit has once again challenged the personal injury case on jurisdiction grounds, maintaining that it has no presence in South Carolina and is “not at home there” either.

Monsanto Indicates Intent to Stay Out of Appeal Involving Sanctions in Roundup Trial

Monsanto has indicated that it takes no position in the appeal of a federal court order sanctioning trial team members for “acts of misconduct” during opening statements, stating that it is a matter between the plaintiffs and the MDL Court.

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