Senators Debate Asbestos Suit ReformWashington

Congress should reject any asbestos litigation reform thatestablishes highly restrictive criteria before claimants areallowed to file lawsuits, a leading Senate Democrat said.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who is the ranking Democrat on theSenate Finance Committee, said that a proposal to preventasbestos-related lawsuits unless claimants exhibit certain medicalconditions, such as mysothelioma, may do an injustice to thousandsof injured people.

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