Sokolove Law Opposes the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2013

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Firm Views Bill as Legislation that Would Deny Justice for Asbestos Victims.

"The asbestos industry will stop at virtually nothing to avoid its financial responsibility to its victims, evident by the bill they placed before the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Ricky LeBlanc, Managing Attorney, Asbestos at Sokolove Law

Sokolove Law, a leader in helping people obtain access to the civil justice system, today announced its opposition to the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013.” The firm views the federal bill (H.R. 982), which was reintroduced on March 6, 2013, as unnecessary legislation that would deny justice for asbestos victims.

Sokolove Law opposes H.R. 982 as it would allow asbestos defendants to overrun private asbestos bankruptcy trusts with unlimited requests for exhaustive personal information about asbestos victims. This, according to Sokolove Law, would place a burden on the trusts, which may delay asbestos cases from being resolved, thereby prolonging the suffering of families who have already suffered enough. Furthermore, even without this legislation, current rules already allow corporations to acquire all pertinent information necessary to defend themselves.

"The asbestos industry will stop at virtually nothing to avoid its financial responsibility to its victims, evident by the bill they placed before the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Ricky LeBlanc, Managing Attorney, Asbestos at Sokolove Law. “Ostensibly, the purpose of this legislation is to improve the legal process for asbestos victims and eliminate fraud. However, a study by the United States Government Accountability Office on asbestos injury compensation found there is no rampant fraud occurring. The asbestos industry wants to take the money set aside for victims and use it to pay personnel to process the reporting required under this bill. This will slow justice and prevent victims from being adequately compensated for their asbestos-caused diseases.”    

Sokolove Law’s position is that H.R. 982 is more about taxing the victims with excessive and laborious reporting requirements when applying for asbestos trust payments, than it is about transparency. Furthermore, the bill ensures that asbestos companies will not be held to similar requirements.

“Those that caused asbestos exposure and widespread suffering will be held to a lower legal standard than their victims as the asbestos industry is not required to disclose information about claims made against them and payments they have made,” added LeBlanc.

With Congress set to vote on the Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, Sokolove Law urges the public to contact their Congressman to oppose the bill. To reach your local Congressman and participate in the petition, please visit http://www.asbestos.net/ban.

About Sokolove Law
Sokolove Law provides quality legal services that help people obtain access to the civil justice system. With over 30 years of service, Sokolove Law has helped thousands of injured parties obtain the compensation they deserve from their legal claims. Case types we handle include mesothelioma, cerebral palsy and other birth injuries, nursing home abuse, dangerous drugs, disability insurance denial, and medical malpractice. Sokolove Law is nationwide, with local offices in 47 states. For more information on Sokolove Law, please visit http://www.sokolovelaw.com or follow us on Twitter @SokoloveLaw.

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