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February 29, 2016

In the News Today – February 29, 2016

Former AG McKenna says FACT Act Would Protect Asbestos Claimants’ “Sensitive Personal Information”

In an interview with Arizona Business Daily, former Washington Attorney General Robert McKenna says the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act would “discourage fraud and abuse” while protecting asbestos trust claimants’ “sensitive personal information and confidential medical records from disclosure and misuse.”

McKenna is now now a partner at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP and a “recognized leader in the development of data protection and privacy regulation.”

“There really is no issue in regard to identity theft … and no risk that people’s confidentiality would be compromised because confidential medical records would not be allowed to be disclosed,” McKenna said. “Bankruptcy courts already have a great deal of authority to protect sensitive information of all types and those rules would continue to be in place.”

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In the News Today

  • Class Action Giant Faces Almost $1 Billion Loss: Australian class action plaintiffs’ firm Slater & Gordon, “one of the world’s first publicly listed law firms”, could face class actions from its own shareholders as the company reported a $958 billion loss for the six months through December. The firm has been “engulfed by a series of controversies over the past year related to its accounting policies, the accuracy of its financial forecasts, and UK government plans to limit the number of personal injury claims.” (Financial Times)
  • Potential Worry Over Current Class Action Cases Before SCOTUS: Dow’s decision to settle a class action rather than “risk an appeal” to a Scalia-less Supreme Court could show a “signal of worry” to U.S. businesses, especially with several class action-related cases pending before the Court. (Wall Street Journal

 


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