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Asbestos pain and suffering damages ruling [US SC]
June 1, 2009
CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Hensley, US Supreme Court, June 1, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. csx v thurston- Get more Business Documents....... [more]

Supreme Court hears bankruptcy court jurisdiction case
March 30, 2009
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Travelers Indemnity v. Bailey, where the Court will consider whether a bankruptcy court has jurisdiction to approve a third-party injunction provision in a plan of reorganization or related confirmation order. The cases arise from the bankruptcy o....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses criminal charge against WR Grace in asbestos case
June 13, 2006
A federal judge has granted a defense request to dismiss a criminal charge that W.R. Grace & Co. and its executives knowingly endangered miners and residents of Libby, Montana by concealing health risks from asbestos contained in vermiculite. Chief US District Judge Donald Malloy of the Distric....... [more]

Senate judiciary panel again takes up asbestos compensation bill
June 7, 2006
The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday revived debate on the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act (FAIR) at a Judiciary Committee hearing to discuss changes to the bill. The asbestos compensation bill outlines a plan that would create a $140 billion trust fund financed through revenue....... [more]

Asbestos bill on hold until it's filibuster-proof
February 18, 2006
US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) said Friday that he would not allow any further floor debate on the controversial asbestos compensation bill unless 60 senators pledged their support for the legislation in order to head off a possible filibuster. On Tuesday Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) raised....... [more]

Asbestos compensation fund bill killed by Senate budget objection
February 14, 2006
US senators late Tuesday failed to overcome an objection effectively killing a bill designed to avoid costly asbestos litigation by creating a special fund to compensate asbestos victims. The objection, raised by Senator John Ensign (R-NV) and supported by fiscal conservatives, invoked a budgetary....... [more]

Senators propose overhaul of asbestos fund bill
February 10, 2006
US Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and 14 other Republican senators have introduced a proposal that would rewrite an asbestos bill to allow asbestos-related lawsuits only under strict medical criteria, rather than establishing a $140 billion fund for all victims. Cornyn introduced the plan as an amendment....... [more]

White House expresses 'serious concerns' about parts of asbestos bill
February 9, 2006
The White House on Wednesday said it has serious concerns over parts of the proposed Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act, which is currently being debated in the US Senate. The bill, if passed, would establish a $140 billion fund financed by asbestos manufacturers, users, and insurers to pa....... [more]

Asbestos compensation debate to proceed in Senate
February 7, 2006
US senators voted 98-1 late Tuesday in favor of allowing debate to proceed on a controversial asbestos bill that would supplant asbestos-related litigation with claims against a $140 billion compensation fund. Asbestos-injured workers and their families would be eligible to receive anywhere from $25....... [more]

Asbestos compensation bill comes to Senate floor, but vote uncertain
February 6, 2006
The US Senate Monday began debate of controversial legislation that would create a privately-funded trust to compensate victims of asbestos exposure and shield companies from further liability. Under the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act, $140 billion would be set aside by asbestos manuf....... [more]

Asbestos compensation bill to reach Senate floor in February: Specter
January 24, 2006
US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) said Tuesday that a Senate floor debate on a proposed bill to compensate asbestos victims will begin February 6. Specter has co-sponsored the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005 with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to develop a $140 billion fund to pay claims br....... [more]


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