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N.D. Legislature looks at proposed law that could change how asbestos lawsuits are handled

North Dakota is considering a law that would affect how claimants sue for damages from asbestos exposure. The legislation would allow personal injury claimants to collect compensation sooner while increasing the transparency of the bankruptcy trust system.

Madison County jury returns defense verdict in asbestos trial; Hart: ‘You are speaking to our community with your verdict’

A Madison County jury ruled in favor of defendant Hennessy Industries Inc. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Madison County rarely sends asbestos cases to trial, but when it does, they typically end in a defense verdict.

U.S. House Panel Approves Asbestos 'Double-Dipping,' Litigation Reform Bills

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act, which would increase the transparency of the asbestos litigation and trust systems, on Feb. 15, 2017. “The FACT Act requires bankruptcy trusts to be transparent like other courts. This will ensure deserving victims receive the maximum relief for their illness and injuries, while preserving privacy protections, and weeding out bad actors who would take advantage of the system," House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said.

House of Representative Members Reintroduce Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Legislation

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), along with several co-sponsors, reintroduced a bill that would increase the transparency of the asbestos litigation and trust systems. The same version of the bill was introduced last Congress. If passed, the legislation would require regular reports on bankruptcy trust claims but would also protect the privacy of claimants.

With Obama's veto threat gone, asbestos 'double-dipping' bill reintroduced

The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017, or H.R. 906, was resubmitted to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform by Rep. Blake Farenthold. The bill would bring transparency to the asbestos bankruptcy trust system and is backed by several House Republicans.

Travesty': Lawyer, Filmmaker Not Allowed To View Testimony Of Famed Asbestos Attorney

A Texas judge refused to unseal testimony on the Terrell memo, which purportedly exposes how law firm Baron & Budd coached clients in identifying asbestos exposure they may have never encountered. Dallas attorney Christine Biederman called the judge's decision a "travesty" and believes the testimony could be relevant to upcoming asbestos litigation documentary "UnSettled."

Refusal to unseal Russell Budd’s deposition on asbestos memo a ‘travesty,’ lawyer says

Dallas attorney Christine Biederman said it is a "travesty" that a district judge refused to unseal Russell Budd's testimony on the Terrell memo, which purportedly exposes how Baron & Budd coached clients in identifying asbestos exposure they may never have encountered. Biederman believes the testimony could be relevant to upcoming documentary "UnSettled."

Madison County Deemed "Judicial Hellhole" Again

Madison County, Illinois, has been named a "Judicial Hellhole" by the American Tort Reform Association, thanks in part to its reputation as an asbestos litigation magnet and a plaintiff-friendly environment. According to the report, one judge scheduled 316 asbestos cases in one day.

Del. Court Adopts Recommendation, Awards Summary Judgment to Foster Wheeler in Asbestos Case

A Delaware judge awarded summary judgment to an asbestos defendant Jan. 9, 2017, in agreement with a magistrate judge's position that the plaintiffs did not produce sufficient product identification evidence.

Del. Magistrate Judge Recommends Summary Judgment for 4 Asbestos Defendants; Motions Were Unopposed

A Delaware judge recommended Dec. 30, 2016 that four asbestos defendants be awarded summary judgment citing the plaintiffs' failure to oppose defense motions and inability to produce sufficient evidence to establish exposure to the defendants' products. 

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