Missouri House passes bill to place restrictions on asbestos lawsuits

On Thursday, the Missouri House passed a contentious measure dealing with asbestos claims.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Degroot, R-Chesterfield, is part of an overall effort by Republicans to limit lawsuits against businesses, which supporters say would improve the economic climate in Missouri.

The bill would require plaintiffs claiming asbestos damages to disclose all trust claims they’ve made so that juries would be fully informed before awarding damages. Degroot says the requirements would keep plaintiffs from abusing the system by double-dipping on their claims.

Opponents to the measure, which include asbestos victims, say plaintiffs should be allowed to obtain full compensation for damages from both solvent defendants and asbestos trusts composed of bankrupt firms.

The measure passed by a 96-48 margin and now heads to the Senate.

Read more: Missourinet

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