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Asbestos personal-injury liabilities are of growing concern nationwide and especially in Texas, given the number of claimants and organizations involved. But it’s not just asbestos — MTBE, an additive in gasoline, and silica, which causes silicosis, are joining the most-litigated list of dangerous products. This special report gives the lowdown on today’s toxic torts.
MTBE Use in Gasoline Opens Pandora’s Box The presence of MTBE in surface water and groundwater has resulted in a wave of suits that raise interesting claims and interesting defenses. How About Fast-Tracking New Legislation? While the pharmaceutical industry has seen profits rise as drugs rush to market, public benefit becomes questionable after poorly researched drugs cause permanent damage or even death. The Texas-Sized Asbestos Problem Asbestos personal-injury liabilities are of growing concern nationwide and in Texas. Silicosis Still a Problem Move over, asbestos. Silicosis is one of the oldest occupational diseases. And with an estimated 3 million people regularly exposed to silica dust, it’s no small problem. Selecting the Jury A primer on the voir dire process in a product liability case.

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