BP, Shell Must Face Claims Emissions Caused Fatal Cancer

Law360 (May 19, 2020, 7:51 PM EDT) -- An Illinois appeals court has restored a wrongful death lawsuit brought against BP and other companies over a man's cancer allegedly linked to a nearby refinery's benzene emissions, deciding that suspicion alone of benzene's link to the cancer isn't enough to start the clock running on a claim.

The panel said Monday that a lower court put too much weight on prior statements that showed Cheryl Stamper and her husband, Steve Stamper, were suspicious of benzene's role in his glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM, more than two years before she filed suit against BP Products Northern America, Shell Oil Co., ConocoPhillips  Co....

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