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January 26, 2015

BusinessWeek Quotes ILR in Column About Sheldon Silver, Garlock and ‘Asbestos Corruption’


“Among the main charges filed against” New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, notes BusinessWeek columnist Paul Barrett “is an allegation that he used his political position to steer asbestos cases to Weitz & Luxenberg, a potent personal-injury law firm based in Manhattan.”

Barrett notes that the indictment comes just two days after revelations of a RICO lawsuit filed by Garlock Sealing Technologies, which allege fraud by asbestos plaintiffs’ firms.

ILR President Lisa A. Rickard is quoted in the article, saying, “It’s time for a serious look into potential criminal activity relating to abusive asbestos litigation so that we can end this shameful abuse of our civil justice system.”

Read the full column here.

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• In the charges against New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, prosecutors allege that Dr. Robert N. Taub would refer “his patients to a law firm that employed Mr. Silver, enabling him to garner millions. In exchange, Mr. Silver secretly directed state money to the doctor’s center.” That cancer center, at Columbia University, was dedicated to mesothelioma research. (New York Times)

• The New York Post writes that indicted New York Assembly Sheldon Silver’s law firm, “gets its asbestos cases — and paydays — moved more quickly than those of other attorneys, and reaps a fortune from favorable rulings by friendly judges, charge lawyers and tort-reform advocates.” (New York Post)

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