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November 17, 2016

Federal Prosecutors Launch Investigation Into Asbestos Firm Thornton Law for Allegedly Illegal Campaign Contributions; Could be Biggest Straw Donor Case “Ever Brought Nationwide”

Federal prosecutors have opened a grand jury investigation into potentially illegal campaign contributions from lawyers at the Thornton Law Firm, a leading donor to Democrats around the country and specifically candidates opposed to overhauling the asbestos litigation system.

“The US attorney’s office is one of three agencies now looking into the Boston-based personal injury firm’s practice of reimbursing its partners for millions of dollars in political donations,” reports the Boston Globe. “Between 2010 and 2014 alone, lawyers for the firm, who specializes in asbestos cases, donated $3.4 million to candidates.”

If the grand jury indicts the firm and its lawyers, “Thornton could be the biggest co-called straw donor case ever brought nationwide.”

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