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Issue 91 | December 2015
Disclaimer: The articles contained herein are intended for general information purposes only. Nothing contained in this document is legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as such.
Court of Appeal Affirmatively Establishes the Components of the Component Parts Doctrine

A recent unanimous decision by a California appellate court reversed summary judgment in favor of a defendant in a benzene exposure case after finding that the defendant failed to satisfy the first element of the component parts doctrine.

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Processed Meats May Become a Focal Point for Future Proposition 65 Litigation

In October 2015, the World Health Organization ("WHO") released a study finding that processed meats such as salami and bacon can increase the likelihood of colorectal cancer in humans. As a result of these findings, the State of California is reportedly analyzing whether processed meats fall within the purview of California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 ("Prop 65"). However, in spite of the findings in the WHO study, processed meats may be exempt from the labeling requirements of Prop 65, even if they do fall within the purview of Prop 65.

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Featured Asbestos Verdict: Fishbain v. Colgate-Palmolive, et al.

On November 2, 2015 a jury reached a defense verdict on behalf of remaining defendants Whittaker, Clark & Daniels and Shulton, Inc. Plaintiffs alleged that Linda Fishbain developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos-contaminated talc contained in Cashmere Bouquet and Desert Flower talcum powder products.

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