Benjamin Quayle (R-AZ) Introduces Bill Designed to Screw Asbestos Victims
In the mid-80s through the early 90s I worked for a product liability / medical malpractice law firm. One of its specialties was “asbestos litigation.” Two attorneys at the firm helped people who had been harmed by asbestos exposure. You wouldn’t believe the hoops both the government and the attorneys for the asbestos manufacturers made them jump through. Some of the suits took y-e-a-r-s. I remember thinking that the manufacturers were dragging the cases out, just waiting for the Plaintiffs to die, thus (hopefully) reducing the amount of money they ended up paying, which happened more than once.
So it speaks volumes as to the amount of ice in the veins of Dan Quayle’s boy, Benjamin Quayle (R-AZ) who — in true Republican fashion — is working to make it even harder to obtain compensation for people who have been harmed or killed by asbestos exposure, even though manufacturers knew it was deadly prior to World War II but hid that information.
WASHINGTON – June 6 – Even the asbestos industry has its defenders on Capitol Hill. Their support for the deadly carcinogen and the industries that use it was on display when the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2012” was introduced last month.
The proposal, authored by Rep. Benjamin Quayle (R-Ariz) with the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the industry-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC would place new burdens on asbestos trusts, which exist solely to compensate present and future victims of asbestos disease. The Quayle bill would allow companies responsible for these trusts to squander their assets, force victims to submit mountains of information and even deny compensation to victims. In short, the bill is designed to swamp the claims process with paperwork so that victims seeking compensation may never collect.
Designed to “swamp the claims process with paperwork so that victims seeking compensation may never collect?” Yah yes, it’s the American way. Instead of doing something to punish the industry for hiding the dangers of asbestos, and causing death and/or injury to thousands and thousands of innocent Americans, he has come up with another layer of protection for the industry.
I guess the new tactic isn’t just to wait until victims die so the manufacturers pay less. Now they want to pay nothing and Quayle is directly helping them do that.
Quayle should update his Wikipedia picture (above) by snapping a pic in front of this flag:
Oh, and don’t you just love the title of Quayle’s bill? The “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2012.” Exactly the opposite of what it actually does.