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September 2006 Issue

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Backing Away from the Abyss

For years, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has been pushing a plan for resolving the hundreds of thousands of asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits that continue to plod along in federal and state courts around the country.

And over the years, many experts have agreed with Specter that something must be done to deal with the glut of asbestos lawsuits that has inundated the courts since the first claims were filed in the 1960s. Some have supported the senator’s idea as a way to unburden the courts of the chore of grappling with a seemingly endless stream--if not flood--of asbestos cases.

That idea is to establish a $140 billion privately financed asbestos trust fund. The proposal calls for establishing up to nine categories of payments for people with illnesses caused by contact with asbestos, primarily in the work environment. The highest payouts would be a little more than $1 million. The trust would be administered by the federal government, while funding would come from corporations with asbestos claims pending against them, as well as from their insurance companies.

Feature Section

    Troll Control

    Richard Lang doesn’t think of himself as evil--even though many would accuse him of participating in a dead­ly attack on Amer­­ica’s business, innovation and economic well being.

    Stressing Yourself Sick

    Though there’s no exact equivalent in the English language, there is no shortage of names given to illnesses that can stem from the stresses of work: heart disease, depression, irritable bowel syndrome and panic attacks, to name a few.

    Personalized Prescriptions

    Medical revolutions can be so unpredictable. Consider, for instance, the potential benefits of a simple, painless procedure--perhaps nothing more than a swab of your inner cheek.

ABA Connection

Backing Away from the Abyss

For years, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has been pushing a plan for resolving the hundreds of thousands of asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits that continue to plod along in federal and state courts around the country.

And over the years, many experts have agreed with Specter that something must be done to deal with the glut of asbestos lawsuits that has inundated the courts since the first claims were filed in the 1960s. Some have supported the senator’s idea as a way to unburden the courts of the chore of grappling with a seemingly endless stream--if not flood--of asbestos cases.

That idea is to establish a $140 billion privately financed asbestos trust fund. The proposal calls for establishing up to nine categories of payments for people with illnesses caused by contact with asbestos, primarily in the work environment. The highest payouts would be a little more than $1 million. The trust would be administered by the federal government, while funding would come from corporations with asbestos claims pending against them, as well as from their insurance companies.

The National Pulse

Deja Vu Once Again

Doubt and DNA

McElhaney on Litigation

Deposition Traps

Associates in the Trenches

Worthy Causes

Solo Network

Educational Vacation

Career Audit

Thanks a Bunch

Life Audit

When Two Become One

President's Message

Service Is our Theme

Report from Governmental Affairs

Wrong Remedy

Obiter Dicta

K-9 Complication

Keeva on Life and Practice

Whence the wind?