California Appeals Court Affirms $8 Million Benzene Injury Verdict

SAN FRANCISCO -- (Mealey's) A California appeals court has affirmed an $8 million judgment to a seaman who blamed benzene exposure aboard oil tankers for the loss of a kidney to cancer, saying Feb. 18 that scientific certainty is not required for a toxic tort plaintiff to prevail ( Mack Shelby v...

Supreme Court Rules Vaccine Lawsuits Are Federally Preempted

WASHINGTON, D.C. --(Mealey's) A 6-2 U.S. Supreme Court majority on Feb. 22 ruled that the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA) preempts tort claims asserting design defect against vaccine manufacturers ( Russell Bruesewitz, et al. v. Wyeth LLC, et al. , No. 09-152, U.S. Sup.). ...

MO: Toxic Exposure From Fumes Hanging In Air

Claimant worked 10 years in Jasper County making components for battery cells and developed a rare cancer, IgA myeloma. As a result of either the condition or the stem cell transplant and chemotherapy, he required treatment for about 5 years for kidney disease, recurrent skin basal cell carcinomas, carpal...