Report urges asbestos trust transparency in Illinois; 'Disconnect' between asbestos trusts and asbestos litigation leads to 'double dipping'

Madison St. Clair Record
Heather Isringhausen Gvillo

A report release by the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) concluded that legislation is necessary to create transparency among asbestos claims in the tort and trust systems. Claimants usually file lawsuit against solvent companies in the court system seeking compensation for injuries before also filing in the asbestos trust systems, which often results in “double-dipping”. Illinois is a hotbed for asbestos civil lawsuits as Madison County recorded one-third of all new asbestos lawsuits filed in the country in 2016. The President of ICJL John Pastuovic called Illinois “ground zero” for asbestos lawsuits.

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