Tuesday, February 11, 2003

FoxNews had this to say about the American Bar Association's move to restrict court access for certain asbestos cases:
[The ABA] had a hard time deciding the timing of a debate on a controversial asbestos lawsuit proposal. The vote had been scheduled for Tuesday, the final day of the group's meeting in Seattle. ABA leaders moved it to Monday, then switched it back again by a vote of 227-226.

Opponents of the plan handed out literature outside the group's meeting. They also brought victims of asbestosis to Seattle to lobby against the proposal that would limit who could sue.

The plan, intended to help courts deal with massive numbers of lawsuits, restricts court action to people with asbestos-related pulmonary disease.

If that 227-226 vote is any indication, then the ABA is very much divided on this move, which I blogged about last week.

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