In re: Motions Seeking Access to 2019 Statements
- Case Date: 6/9/2017
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On June 9, 2017, WLF filed an amicus brief in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware supporting reversal of a federal bankruptcy court order that restricts asbestos stakeholders’ ability to access and share exhibits that would help them identify fraudulent asbestos claims. The case arises from the inability of asbestos product-liability defendants to access trust claims data. WLF’s brief outlines four case studies from Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Ohio that demonstrate how the lack of transparency between the asbestos trust and tort systems has allowed widespread abuse to fester via fraudulent asbestos exposure claims. In some instances, plaintiffs’ lawyers have filed meritless claims with multiple trusts while simultaneously pursuing tort litigation. As WLF’s brief explains, each trust operates independently. Therefore, it is not uncommon for one person to receive multiple trust payments in addition to tort recoveries.
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6/9/2017: Download the Brief