How You Can Make a Difference: Help Stop the FACT Act

June 18, 2012  |  Mesothelioma

Earlier this month, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed the FACT Act, a bill that could mean bad news for asbestos victims. The bill is now headed to the House floor for further consideration.

What does this mean for mesothelioma and asbestos victims? It means that the rights of those harmed by asbestos to pursue compensation from asbestos bankruptcy trusts is being threatened. That’s why we’re stepping up (and calling on you) to take a stand against this bill.

Quick Fact Sheet about the FACT Act:

The FACT Act was introduced in the United States House earlier this year and is supposed to promote “transparency” in the asbestos claims process (when it comes to dealing with bankruptcies). Yet, the new requirements in the FACT Act would place unreasonable burdens on the asbestos bankruptcy trusts when it comes to paying compensation to asbestos claimants. These asbestos trusts would be required to publicly disclose all claim information, including details about the claimant’s work and exposure history. The asbestos companies responsible for the person’s asbestos exposure would be allowed to request any additional information from the trusts at any time and for nearly any reason.

The FACT Act would make the asbestos bankruptcy trust compensation process more complex (and more drawn out) for mesothelioma patients (who are already fighting for their lives against a horrible cancer) and discourage them from pursuing claims at all –ironic, considering that the asbestos companies were anything BUT transparent when it came to disclosing the truth about their products (that they could kill).

Think this is hard to believe? Take a look at some of the plaintiffs’ exhibits our sponsoring mesothelioma law firm (Baron & Budd) has uncovered from the asbestos companies throughout the firm’s nearly 40-year history of protecting the rights of asbestos victims.

Surprisingly, even today many companies continue to assert that their products that contain certain types of asbestos are safe and that asbestos can be “used safely.” We know this is not true at all –nearly 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

How Can You Help?

Tell your congressional representatives to vote “NO” on HB 4369, the “FACT Act.” Click here: http://www.congress.org/ to look up your representatives and their contact information.

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