Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill to Delay Asbestos Lawsuits

March 14, 2014

A bill that Democratic opponents say would slow asbestos-exposure lawsuits has cleared the Wisconsin state Senate.

The measure passed would require plaintiffs to reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to go after. Trials could not start until six months after that disclosure.

Republican supporters say such a move would prevent lawyers from hiding multiple claims in hopes of maximizing awards.

But opponents, including veterans exposed to asbestos during their service, say the bill is designed to slow cases down in the hopes plaintiffs will die and protect corporations from making payouts.

The bill passed 17-16. Republican Sen. Dale Schultz joined with all Democrats in voting against it. It now must go back to the Assembly, where a similar version passed last year.

 

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  • March 17, 2014 at 9:48 am
    Fair Minded says:
    The title of this article is seriously misleading! Get a clue! This is tort reform, plain and simple, because Plaintiffs' attorneys have been encouraging their unsuspecting ... read more
  • March 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm
    Dan Wood says:
    WTF??!? Slowing down lawsuits? How long does it take to send a letter to tell whether you are double dippin in your lawsuits or not? What a farce - Dems never want to be tr... read more
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