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February 22, 2016

The Hill: ILR Study “Finds ‘Inconsistencies’ in Asbestos Trust Claims”

The Hill reports on ILR’s latest research report, which ”found inconsistencies in claims made to the asbestos trusts used to compensate people harmed from exposure to asbestos.”

The report, Insights & Inconsistencies: Lessons from the Garlock Trust Claims, analyzed information from 100 randomly selected personal information questionnaires submitted by asbestos plaintiffs in the bankruptcy proceedings of Garlock Sealing Technologies, Inc.

The study “found that 15 percent of claimants failed to list the specific products from which they were allegedly exposed; 55 percent had date discrepancies and 21 percent of claims contained other troubling inconsistencies, such as differing medical diagnoses, conflicting job descriptions and implausible exposure allegations,” reports The Hill.

“This study shows a system without accountability and demonstrates the urgent need for external oversight and reform of the asbestos bankruptcy trusts,” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard.

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