Benzene Cancer Cases Can Shift Venue: Texas Court

Law360, New York (June 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., ConocoPhillips Co., Shell Oil Co. and dozens of other companies facing claims by plaintiffs who say they developed leukemia and other serious illnesses as a result of exposure to benzene can transfer individual severed cases to different Texas counties, a state appeals court has ruled.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Texas for the Ninth District said Thursday that a trial court was wrong to deny the defendants' bids to transfer venue in the multi-plaintiff lawsuit....
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