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New Legislation Introduced in Illinois Seeks Transparency in Asbestos Litigation

On November 7, 2018, Illinois State Senator Jason A. Barickman introduced S.B. (Senate Bill) 3643. This legislation is aimed at creating more transparency in asbestos litigation in the state by stipulating that at the outset of litigation, defendants would be given access to claim forms that plaintiffs have submitted to trust funds that bankrupt companies have established in order to compensate victims of asbestos exposure. Similar legislation has been passed in 15 states and comes after documents uncovered during an asbestos defendant’s 2014 bankruptcy proceeding showed a discrepancy between the exposure allegations alleged in forms submitted to these trusts and exposure testimony in separate civil lawsuits against solvent companies.

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