Gino DiCaro

CMTA Joins the California Coalition for Asbestos Litigation Reform

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Jan. 11, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend



CMTA Joins the California Coalition for Asbestos Litigation Reform America?s system for filing and settling asbestos-related lawsuits is broken and needs help Asbestos claims are on the rise, with 300,000 cases clogging our state and federal courts, and the number is growing at the rate of more than 50,000 new claims every year. With annual diagnosed cases of mesothelioma (the most virulent form of asbestos cancer) not increasing, the rise in litigation is attributed to an avalanche of claims brought on by plaintiffs who are not sick. The result? Victims who are sick and dying from exposure to asbestos are not getting the benefits they need, while businesses ? many with a slim connection to asbestos ? are being forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in attorneys? fees. Recently, CMTA joined a broad-based coalition of trade associations, businesses, doctors, veterans, asbestos victims, and plaintiff?s attorneys who are advocating for federal Asbestos Litigation Reform. It is anticipated that a reform bill will be introduced early next year. CMTA hopes its members will consider supporting the many businesses and organizations who feel Congress needs to fix this crisis now! Join us in supporting legislation that would ensure that people who are sick from asbestos exposure receive quick, adequate compensation. This would protect our economy and our members from the disastrous impact of frivolous claims by those who are not sick. To learn how you can help this grassroots advocacy effort in California, please contact Todd Stenhouse, at toddsten@pacbell.net or by phone at (916) 737-9331. For more information on the Asbestos Litigation Crisis, please visit www.commonsensenow.net.

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