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Fears regarding Wisconsin Assembly Bill 19

A bill proposed in Wisconsin has received flak from its critics due to their allegations that such a proposal can cause the lengthening of asbestos-caused mesothelioma claims cases, essentially disabling the ability of courts to award victims before their conditions worsen or they die.

Assembly Bill 19, introduced by DePere State Rep. Andre Jacque, provides discovery and scheduling requirements for a plaintiff filing a personal injury case. The bill mandates that a plaintiff should make it known to a court that he or she is filing a case, with the case only moving forward if the court has decided that there is enough proof of claim. Jacque said the bill is designed to prevent attorneys from “seeking additional awards beyond what fair compensation might be.”

The Assembly Judiciary Committee heard arguments both for and against the bill on Thursday, April 4.

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