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This last weekend, we celebrated the service and sacrifice of our military members. For some the sacrifice continues years later. We want to draw attention to lingering health effects caused by asbestos exposure.
In October, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, a longtime smoker, filed a lawsuit for lung cancer she has medical evidence to show was caused by exposure to asbestos when she was a teen and young adult. She was primarily exposed while doing laundry for her father and brother, both boiler makers, whose clothing came home covered in the deadly fibers. Because of her smoking, however, her lawsuit brought a storm of criticism.
Media Matters for America, a not-for-profit organization created to monitor and correct inaccurate media reports, took major exception to a Dec. 2 column in the New York Times. The column criticized Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York for having recently filed a lawsuit against 70 asbestos companies potentially responsible for the lung cancer she made public in June. Since McCarthy is a longtime smoker, the writer attacked the eight-term House representative’s lawsuit as evidence that “asbestos litigation is a giant scam.”
Section 524(g) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code was set up to protect the rights of victims of asbestos-related illness should the asbestos manufacturers who injured them go bankrupt. If asbestos claims didn’t survive bankruptcy, companies who produced dangerous products or negligently exposed their workers to lethal cancers could have shed those debt through periodic reorganization.
Scripps News recently released the results of an extensive, nationwide investigation into allegations that some victims of illnesses caused by asbestos and other pollutants were experiencing suspicious delays in the payment of their compensation. Surprisingly, the first thing Scripps learned was that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is one of the biggest players in toxic pollution litigation.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, an independent organization providing education and advocacy for the elimination of asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma, is sounding the alarm about the proposed federal Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, or FACT Act, which has been before Congress since 2012 but is still in active consideration. To quote that organization, “Don’t be fooled, the FACT Act wasn’t written for asbestos victims.”
People who have developed mesothelioma or another serious lung disease as a result of exposure to asbestos know that it can be a long road toward getting compensation -- and in some cases, satisfaction may not come until after the ill person has passed away. That's why it is all the more frustrating when there are accusations that money set aside for victims of asbestos exposure is not being adequately safeguarded.