Insurers Plead For Sanity On Asbestos

A $5.8 million jury award to six individuals claiming theysuffered emotional distress due to exposure to asbestos should bethrown out, insurance and business groups are telling the U.S.Supreme Court. The groups say that allowing the award to stand willexacerbate an asbestos litigation crisis that is alreadyout-of-control.

A brief filed with the court by the Coalition for AsbestosJustice (a coalition of insurers), the National Association ofManufacturers, and other groups, said that courts have abandonedtraditional protections and limits on recoveries in asbestos cases,thus forcing several companies into bankruptcy.

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