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Asbestos and AAJ lobbying

Last week we remarked at the lack of asbestos-related legislation in Congress this session, just a few years after a proposed asbestos settlement was a major bill. In the 111th, the only legislation with the word "asbestos" is S.Res. 57: "A resolution designating the first week of April 2009 as 'National Asbestos Awareness Week.'"

Discussions must be continuing behind the scenes. After all, we note this entry in the American Association for Justice's First Quarter 09 lobbying report, filed last week, under the category, Consumer Issues/Safety/Products: "Lobbying related to issues pertaining to the use of the product asbestos."

The only other issue AAJ lists under the consumer category is: "Lobbying related to draft legislation to provide for service of process over foreign nationals in cases involving defective products causing injury in the United States." No lobbying on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act or any of the bills to amend it? UPDATE (8:48 a.m.): The Consumer Safety and Products reporting category ran across several pages, so we missed an important related area that AAJ is lobbying on, arbitration:

  • H.R. 1020 (Arbitration Fairness Act); to prohibit mandatory binding arbitration in consumer contracts.
  • H.R. 1237/ S. 512 (Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act); relating to the use of arbitration agreements to resolve disputes involving nursing home care and nursing home contracts.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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