In re: Motions Seeking Access to 2019 Statements
- Case Date: 6/9/2017
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On March 27, 2018, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware affirmed in its entirety a federal bankruptcy court order that restricted asbestos stakeholders’ ability to access and share exhibits that would help them identify fraudulent asbestos claims. The case arose from an effort by asbestos product-liability defendants to gain crucial access to historic trust claims data. The district court’s affirmance was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief in the case demonstrating how the lack of transparency between the asbestos trust and tort systems has allowed widespread abuse to fester via fraudulent asbestos exposure claims. In some instances, WLF’s brief showed, plaintiffs’ lawyers have filed meritless claims with multiple trusts while simultaneously pursuing tort litigation. Yet because each trust operates independently, it is not uncommon for one person to receive multiple trust payments in addition to tort recoveries.
|Loss; monitoring for likely appeal to the Third Circuit.|
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