Today’s post comes from guest author Jon Gelman from Jon Gelman, LLC – Attorney at Law.
The US Chamber of Commerce is now trying to take privacy rights of asbestos victims and their families. After Industry knowingly exposed millions of innocent workers, and their families to deadly asbestos fiber for purely economic greed, they now want to add insult to injury by requring the bankruptcy court to publicly disclose their settlements.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen for decades, not yet banned in the US. Exposure to asbestos is cusally linked to: asbestos, lung caner and mesothelioma.
The indiscriminate manufacture and use of asbestos fiber in the US, and worldwide,has resulted in an epidemic of workers’ compensation claims throughout the US, and the longest running tort claims in the nations’ history. Millions of innocent asbestos victims, and their families, have suffered unfortunate illness and needless illness and death.
The US Chamber of commerce is actively supporting in the US Congress, and in state legislatures, laws to require disclose of private settlements made in asbestos bankruptcy claims. While the Federal law is pending in Congress, the state legislation is actively being advanced.
See H.R.4369 Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2012
Click on this link to registered your OPPOSITION to the legislation.
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