In the News Today - December 17, 2015

2015 “Judicial Hellholes” announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as “Judicial Hellholes” in the American Tort Reform Association’s annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the “Watch List.” (West Virginia MetroNews)

Silver conviction shows need to pass FACT Act: The South Carolina Civil Justice Coalition (SCCJC) sees the recent conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as further proof of the need for Congress to pass the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act. “The Silver conviction is just another curtain pulled on corruption,” said Earl Hunter, executive director at the SCCJC. (Palmetto Business Daily)

Vietnam war veteran calls on U.S. House to support FACT Act: “Veterans and others who have truly suffered with asbestos deserve to know that the trust funds set up to compensate them will be financially able to do so for as long as there are victims,” wrote Larry Kutschma in a letter to U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). “The FACT Act does this by simply addressing fraud, making sure that only legitimate claims are being paid from various trust funds.” (American Security News)

December 17, 2015