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Occupational Exposure Litigation offers exclusive insight into the latest developments in this complex litigation arena with extensive, objective courtroom news coverage of the hundreds of lawsuits being filed across the country, thorough examinations of the medical complexities of the diseases linked to silica exposure, and guest articles written by counsel and medical experts from the front lines of this litigation.


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Issue #1, November 2002

Conspiracy, Failure to Warn Alleged in Mississippi Silica Cases Set for Trial

Trial dates have been set for two multi-plaintiff silicosis cases filed recently in Mississippi, marking the first such settings among a flood of cases filed throughout the state in the past year


Judge Correctly Weighed Evidence of Alleged Silicosis-Related Death, Court Says

A state appeals court in Pennsylvania has determined that the widow of a former brick manufacturer who died of lung disease, allegedly as a result of his exposure to silica, failed to demonstrate


Untimely Answer No Matter in Case Involving Doubtful Silica-Related Injury

A defendant's failure to timely answer a petition joining it to a lawsuit filed against the company's future owner did not entitle a plaintiff to a default judgment on claims related to his silica exposure


Company With No Knowledge of Silica Regulations Can't Be Considered Sophisticated User, Plaintiff Urges

An appeal filed recently in federal circuit court claims that a lower court erred when it awarded summary judgment to a company that supplied silica sand to a facility operated by the John Deere Co.


Failure to Tender Back Proceeds of Previous Redemption Agreement Precludes Subsequent Silicosis Claim, Court Holds

A mentally retarded man who signed a redemption agreement following a workers' compensation claim for a back injury is precluded from pursuing a subsequent claim for alleged silica-related injury


Concrete Cutter with Fibrosis Does Not Have Compensable Occupational Injury, Panel Holds

A workers' compensation appeals panel has held that a former concrete cutter whose doctors identified as having job-related lung fibrosis, possibly silicosis, did not suffer from a compensable injury


Mississippi Judge Orders Consolidation of Silica Lawsuits

A state court judge in Mississippi has granted a defense motion to consolidate several individual and multi-plaintiff silica cases pending before him


Silica Appeal to Determine Viability of Intermediary Defense

Briefs have been filed in the appeal of a $2 million verdict awarded to a former sandblaster who suffered from silicosis allegedly caused by exposure to a product


Application of Significant Exposure Theory Upheld in Case Against Employee

The Louisiana Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision to award summary judgment to an employer defendant based on a finding that a former employee's cause of action for mesothelioma may have accrued not at the time of diagnosis


Pennsylvania State Court Denies Motion to Transfer Silica Claim

A Philadelphia judge has denied without prejudice a motion to transfer a silica personal injury claim to nearby Lancaster County


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