NU Online News Service, May 10, 12:20 p.m. EDT–Over the past three decades insurers and businesses have spent $70 billion to cover legal expenses and pay claims related to asbestos-related injuries, a new study has found.

The research by the Santa Monica, Calif.-based RAND Institute for Civil Justice also found that more than 730,000 people in the United States have filed compensation claims for asbestos-related injuries from the early 1970s through the end of 2002.

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