This week, we’ll continue to push the Senate to get the asbestos bill done. As you saw in this space last week, the New York Times and the Washington Post agree with us, so we need to get this done this week, as the end of the world must be near.
You know the drill: more than 70 companies have gone bankrupt as a result of this scandal, many of whom never made asbestos. And, the issue isn’t whether it’s harmful or not — it is. The issue is whether sick people should recover, or healthy people and trial lawyers. We throw in with the sick people. Some $54 billion has been paid out already by companies but almost 60% of that has gone to “transaction costs” (read: trial lawyers). Damned expensive justice, no?
Please drop a note to your Senators on this, and urge them to move this bill forward. One more brick in the wall for the trial bar. Just think: if we could establish the radical principle that sick people should recover before healthy people and trial lawyers, there’s no end to what we could accomplish.
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