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Asbestos defendants want automatic access to info in bankruptcy trusts

Lois Kapila Dec. 13, 2010, 1:48pm

Cohn While asbestos lawyers defend a claims system that distributes approximately $18 billion worth of assets within bankruptcy trusts, defendant manufacturers outside the trusts are calling for automatic access to information as a means of keeping the payment system fair and honest.

Toxicogenomics could lead to explosion of litigation, says expert

Lois Kapila Nov. 17, 2010, 12:52pm

Hartley As advances in molecular science develop rapidly in laboratories, legal observers wonder if toxicogenomics will provide the next holy grail for toxic tort litigation -- specific causation.

Courts hold power to shine light on asbestos trusts

Lois Kapila Nov. 5, 2010, 11:43am

Hartley While billions of dollars annually are paid from asbestos bankruptcy trusts, its mysterious system of distribution offers almost no oversight as exists in the tort system.