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Bill favors asbestos industry over sick vets, groups say

By Travis J. Tritten: Critics say a bill moving through the House this week would hand the asbestos industry a key legal advantage when fighting the claims of terminally ill veterans.  The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, changes how information on billions of dollars in asbestos-poisoning settlements – much of it from sailors exposed decades ago – is handled. Republican sponsors claim it will root out fraud, in part by publishing claimants’ names, medical histories and partial social security numbers on the Internet.  Critics say that it will cause extensive delays to the detriment of the claimants who may die while waiting for their claim to reach a conclusion.  Read more here:

Andrew Finkelstein

Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers and irresponsible parties. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases.