As an asbestos attorney who has been handling mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, and asbestosis cases for more than 20 years, I urge you to call or write your elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC and tell them to oppose H.R. 982, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013.
In effect, this House bill is a one-sided attempt to hurt asbestos victims by allowing the asbestos industry to delay and deny accountability so victims die before they are able to receive justice.
To learn how H.R. 982, the FACT Act of 2013, is a misguided piece of legislation, read this insightful piece: “What “Lies” Beneath the Wall Street Journal Asbestos Article, Myths and Facts Exposed”.
Here are some important points that you may want to include in the email or letter which you send to your respective member of Congress in Washington:
- The dangers associated with asbestos exposure have been known since the early 1930s.
- Still the asbestos industry hid the facts, exposed workers and families, and now nearly 10,000 Americans are killed by asbestos diseases every year. This bill does not focus on banning asbestos nor does it look at ways to expedite asbestos cases.
- This bill, H.R. 982, instead would require private asbestos bankruptcy trusts to publicly release extensive individual information about asbestos victims and slow down asbestos cases by allowing asbestos defendants to bury the trusts in information requests, no matter how unnecessary or irrelevant. This denies and delays justice for asbestos victims who do not have time on their side.
- Congress should focus on keeping Americans safe from asbestos exposure and not protecting corporations that deliberately exposed workers and consumers for decades. Oppose H.R. 982!
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