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March 2017 Archives

Iowa Governor Signs Asbestos Lawsuit Bill

Thumbnail image for iStock-477569695.jpgIowa Governor Terry Branstad recently signed into law a bill that could end upseverely limiting access to compensation trust funds set up by asbestos manufacturers for mesothelioma cancer victims harmed by deadly products. Iowa Democratic lawmakers decried the legislation, which one state senator described as containing "trap doors" for mesothelioma cancer victims trying to recover vital compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.

New Federal Laws on Asbestos Claims

New legislation is working its way through Congress that could end up having an enormous impact on compensation recovery options for mesothelioma cancer victims seeking justice for the asbestos exposure. Recently, the House of Representatives consolidated a pair of tort law reform bills targeting class action lawsuit and asbestos bankruptcy trusts to make it harder for plaintiffs to have their day in court.

Jury Awards California Couple $10 Million in Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit Over Defective Asbestos Cement Pipe

An Alameda County, California jury recently awarded $10 million to a couple whose lives were severely impacted by defectively produced asbestos cement pipe manufactured by the defendant, CertainTeed Corporation. The complaint, filed in Alameda Superior Court, alleges that the defendant knew for years about the dangers created by its deadly products but failed to warn consumers about the dangers and even went so far as to market the material as a "safe asbestos."

Lawmakers Introduce Bill Targeting Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Funds

A Texas-federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill in Congress allegedly targeting what has been incorrectly characterized as a "lack of transparency" when it comes to who, how, and why claimants receive compensation in asbestos bankruptcy trust funds. Other lawmakers have introduced similar legislation over the years aimed at making it more difficult for mesothelioma cancer victims to follow through with filing claims to receive the vital compensation necessary to pay for medical treatment and cover lost earnings.

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