WASHINGTON, D.C.—Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signing into law SB 411 to combat “double dip” claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts and in the tort system:
“We commend West Virginia for taking a meaningful step to improve its civil justice system by enacting a law to guard against ‘double dip’ asbestos claims. This law will help ensure that the tort and asbestos trust systems work together fairly to compensate claimants while discouraging fraudulent claims. It will also help West Virginia manufacturing companies and protect jobs by ensuring that companies are not bankrupted by abusive claims.
“West Virginia joins a growing number of states including Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin that have enacted such laws to bring transparency to the asbestos compensation system. We applaud the House and Senate leadership’s commitment to enacting this law, and the governor for signing it.”
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