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February 26, 2020

Law Firm Trying to Undermine Efforts to Reduce Asbestos Case Backlogs

One of Baltimore’s most powerful law firms is using its political muscle to put an end to a hugely successful court procedure that ensures justice for victims, not paydays for plaintiffs’ lawyers, writes ILR President Harold Kim in The Baltimore Sun.

“Although asbestos lawsuits have overwhelmed Baltimore courts for years, judges implemented new procedures roughly two years ago to reduce the backlog. Now, judges individually review 500 cases a month to see which ones are ready to stand trial and which are not. The system is working.” Kim also points out that according to a recent report by the Maryland courts, more than half of the first 2,061 cases reviewed have been voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs’ lawyers — not judges — because they cannot produce the evidence needed to go to trial, such as a medical diagnosis, proof of asbestos exposure or a witness.

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