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January 5, 2017

Asbestos Reform Under Trump Administration

There is a high likelihood that asbestos reform “will not be a joking matter” and could finally become a reality under the Trump administration, writes the Huffington Post.

2016 saw several asbestos-related headlines including the year-long pending appeal of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; the release of ILR’s white paper on asbestos bankruptcy trust transparency in Virginia; the Boston Globe report on “straw man donations” from a prominent asbestos plaintiffs’ firm; and the recently premiered documentary, UnSettled, which showcases “the biggest American scam you’ve never heard of.”

Sara Warner from the National Courts Monitor writes that asbestos litigation as we have seen in the past “is likely to pivot as the election of Donald J. Trump combines with Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate. In fact, the trend for civil asbestos cases in 2017 will likely be pushing back.”

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