NU Online News Service, May 20, 3:12 p.m.EDT--A measure preventing asbestos lawsuits by those whocannot show medical proof of injury was signed into law yesterdayby Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry.


The bill, establishing medical criteria that must be provedbefore filing, makes Texas the fourth state with Florida, Georgiaand Ohio to require such medical proof. The new law also abolishesthe statute of limitations so that claimants retain their right tosue should symptoms develop.


"Texas is helping to set the national trend regarding asbestoslitigation reform," said Joe Woods, regional manager for theProperty Casualty Insurers Association of America.


The legislation will remove a majority of claims that areclogging up the system and allow the true asbestos victims to gainfair and quick compensation, he added.

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