At the most recent mid-year meeting of the American
Bar Association, House of Delegates, a great deal of time was spent on
asbestos exposure legislation.
Resolution was passed favoring immediate action by Congress. Recently,
a bill was introduced and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary (Senator
Hatch of Utah, Chair).
Bill is 19 pages long and, accordingly, is too lengthy to give a substantial
The purpose of the
Bill is to provide for fair and efficient judicial consideration of personal
injury and wrongful death claims arising out of asbestos exposure.
is designed to ensure that individuals who suffer harm now or in the future
from illnesses caused by exposure receive compensation.
Act may be cited as “Asbestos Claims Criteria and Compensation Act of
Further, its purpose is to manage asbestos related cases that
have been filed at a volume approaching 50,000 a year.
Senate Bill addresses factors, such as plaintiff’s meeting certain medical
criteria and the statute of limitations and other significant events.
you customarily represent plaintiffs or defendants in the maritime industry,
a close study of the pending Senate Bill should be of significance to you.
You may get a complete copy of the Senate Bill 413 by using www.senate.gov