What impact will the conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have on the “course” of asbestos litigation?
“Speaker Silver’s power went beyond making the laws, and into how the judiciary handled the law itself,” writes Sara Huff at the Huffington Post. “The big-money part of Silver’s indictment boiled down to an oncologist steering asbestos cancer cases to Silver’s law firm, which paid him millions for what the mainstream press loved to call ‘no work’ agreements.”
Calling such referrals “common and common knowledge,” Huff writes that this isn’t “great PR for big asbestos firms who can get a majority of their cases from referrals where the original attorney does little or no actual litigation.”
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