In the News Today - April 1, 2016

April 01, 2016
  • ILR Applauds Signing of Utah Law to Curb Asbestos Fraud: “Utah’s new law aimed at stopping plaintiffs’ lawyer ‘double dipping’ — seeking money from multiple asbestos trusts in addition to bringing a lawsuit, all on behalf of the same individual — is a significant step toward fighting asbestos lawsuit abuse,” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s signing of a bill to curb “double dip” claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts and in the tort system (HB 403). (ILR Blog)

  • Sheldon Silver Disbarred: Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, convicted for fraud and extortion in an alleged scheme involving asbestos litigation, has now been disbarred. Silver’s lawyers argued disbarment should wait until a federal judge rules on their motion for a new trial, but the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Manhattan disagreed, deciding this week that Silver’s name should be “stricken from the roll” of New York attorneys. (New York Times