AAJ Response to Wall Street Journal Story on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts

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For Immediate Release: March 11, 2013

Contact: Michelle Widmann Kimmel
American Association for Justice

AAJ Response to Wall Street Journal Story on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts



Washington, DC — The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Mary Alice McLarty, in response to the Wall Street Journal story “As Asbestos Claims Rise, So Do Worries About Fraud:”


“Asbestos has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and 10,000 more will die this year.


“Countless lives could have been saved and lawsuits prevented if Big Asbestos had been transparent and disclosed the dangers of asbestos decades ago.  Instead, as more Americans die, this industry continues to invest massive resources into evading accountability, vilifying the victims and opposing a ban on asbestos. 


“The Wall Street Journal and Congress should not be aiding this campaign to let Big Asbestos off the hook for killing Americans.”

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