Senate debates bill affecting asbestos lawsuits

  • Associated Press
  • March 11, 2014 - 10:25 PM

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin state Senate has moved closer to passing a bill opponents say would slow asbestos-exposure lawsuits, many of which are brought by veterans.

The measure debated Tuesday would require plaintiffs to reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to go after. Republican supporters say such a move would prevent lawyers from hiding multiple claims in hopes of maximizing awards.

But opponents, including veterans exposed to asbestos during their service, say the measure is designed to slow cases down in the hopes plaintiffs will die and protect corporations from making payouts.

Democrats used a procedural move to delay a final vote on passage until Wednesday.

The Assembly passed a similar version of the bill last year.

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