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In early February, a Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on federal asbestos litigation reform legislation. At the hearing, insurers expressed concern regarding certain provisions of the proposed legislation.

The American Insurance Association remains concerned about ‘leakage’ problems in the proposal, specifically mixed dust and silica claims. “Any federal trust fund proposal must not contain provisions that permit plaintiffs to recast asbestos claims as silica or mixed dust claims simply to avoid being placed into the trust fund, or to collect under the fund and then return to the tort system for a second try at compensation,” said Craig Berrington, senior vice president and general counsel for the American Insurance Association.

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