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January 10, 2017

The Asbestos Bonanza

The Washington Times writes on the “size and scale” of asbestos litigation, which “has provided a vehicle ripe for abuse by clever trial lawyers who use sick clients as courtroom pawns to capture fat fees.”

The article cites ILR’s recent report, Disconnects & Double-Dipping: The Case for Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Transparency in Virginia, that found plaintiffs’ lawyers often engage in double-dipping to maximize asbestos payouts. The “poster boy” for this form of abusive asbestos litigation in Newport News, VA, according to the Washington Times, is “the politically connected attorney Robert Hatten.” 

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