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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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Mesothelioma victim’s family awarded nearly $3 million in asbestos suit

A jury in Delaware has recently awarded the family of a mesothelioma victim $2.86 million after their loved one died as a result of exposure to asbestos fibers.

According to the lawsuit, the man was diagnosed with mesothelioma in August 2010 when he was 62 years old. He passed away the following February.

Prior to his death, the man had worked at Crane Plumbing Fixtures Factory for nearly 4 decades, where he was often required to use talc powder that was contaminated with asbestos. The lawsuit alleged that the label on the talc powder did not sufficiently warn its users of the risks associated with asbestos exposure.

Expert testimony at the trial linked the man’s asbestos exposure to the talc powder, and the jury sided with his surviving family members. The amount awarded to the victim’s family is the largest asbestos verdict against a single defendant in Delaware in over ten years.

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