Asbestos Trust Fund Transparency: AB 19 (2014)
Provides transparency and prevent fraud in lawsuits involving personal injury
Provides transparency and prevent fraud in lawsuits involving personal injury trusts by creating certain discovery requirements during litigation. The bill requires asbestos plaintiffs to disclose any and all claims that plaintiffs have filed or will file with asbestos trust funds, along with all of the documents and information that support the trust claim. A.B. 19 also requires judges to admit trust claims and supporting materials into evidence at trial and prohibits plaintiffs from spuriously alleging that trust claims and their supporting documents are privileged. Finally, it provides defendants with a powerful tool to ensure that plaintiffs file and disclose all possible claims with asbestos trust. A.B. 19 authorizes defendants to identify trust claims that the plaintiff could and should file. If a judge agrees, the case is stayed until that claim is filed and disclosed. (Andre Jacqui – R)
ATRA’s statement on passage of Amendment 1 to Illinois House Bill 3360
ATRA’s statement on Amendment 1 to Illinois House Bill 3360
ATRA President Tiger Joyce released the following statement in response to the unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6:
ATRA voices its disappointment as Congress fails to include liability protections in its latest COVID-19 relief package.
ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes in this op-ed about a growing trend of state courts bucking SCOTUS precedent when it comes to personal jurisdiction.
Activism in AG’s office, Supreme Court’s acceptance of lawsuit funding and loose venue rules to blame