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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:  http://www.stripes.com/news/bill-favors-asbestos-industry-over-sick-vets-groups-say-1.387389