Conn. bill would allow suits over WWII-era asbestos exposure

John O'Brien Jun. 14, 2011, 10:53am


HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - A bill that has been passed by Connecticut lawmakers would allow lawsuits over asbestos exposure that occurred as far back as 1931.

The bill has not yet been signed Gov. Dannel Malloy, though it passed the state Senate Wednesday with a 31-3 vote after the House of Representatives approved it with a 133-15 vote. It increases Connecticut's statute of repose on asbestos claims from 60 years to 80.

The statute of repose begins running after a claimant's alleged last exposure to asbestos. Claims for property damage must be brought within 30 years if the bill is signed into law.

Under the proposed statute, those who suffered asbestos exposure while serving in World War II will be able to file claims.

The bill's co-sponsors were Representatives Marie Lopez Kirkley-Bey, Bruce Zalaski and Michael Molgano.

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