Category Archives: Legal Cases

New Developments in Genetic Knowledge for Defendants in Asbestos Cases (On Demand Webinar)

The use of genomic evidence in cancer cases is now commonplace, including both talc and traditional asbestos cases. However, the list of relevant genes goes far beyond BAP1 or any other single gene mutation. On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, ToxicoGenomica offered a complimentary webinar educating defense attorneys on the use of genomics in toxic tort […]

What is the Difference Between Predisposition and Susceptibility in a Genetic Defense?

As the application of genomic sciences becomes common in toxic tort litigation, savvy litigators are occasionally concerned that genomic information may backfire on the defense. Specifically, defense lawyers worry that plaintiff’s counsel may allege that an exposure to a minute amount of a toxicant caused an injury through an individual’s unique genetic pathway. This can […]

Some Important Factors to Consider When Using Genomic Science in Toxic Tort Litigation

As the application of genomic science becomes more common in toxic tort litigation, savvy litigators are thinking about how statements about genetic findings may fit into legal categories or terms of art. In our view, non-scientists need to keep in mind that words used as terms of art for genetic findings are not necessarily equivalent […]

5 Toxic Tort Cases Where Genomic Science Was Successfully Applied

To avoid needless ethical and/or legal disputes and to avoid wasting time and money, it’s important to think about genomic issues early on in a case. It’s also useful to look across sets of cases to get a clearer understanding of how genomics can provide an effective strategy. In general, it’s desirable and cost-effective to […]