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Asbestos in Austin

A flurry of asbestos news this week (see below), which now includes action Thursday by the state Senate in Texas. From AP: "Handing a rare victory to personal injury trial lawyers, the Texas Senate has passed legislation that would make it easier for certain people to recover damages after being exposed to asbestos. ...The bill, which passed 20-11 on a preliminary vote Thursday, would only apply to lawsuits involving mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers."

The bill is SB 1123, and its legislative history is available here. The Southeast Texas Record has more. Texans for Lawsuit Reform has a four-page sheet laying out the arguments against bill, noting that it undermines the key Texas Supreme Court ruling in Borg-Warner Corp. v. Flores.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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