June 5, 2012The Honorable Lamar Smith, ChairmanHouse Judiciary Committee2138 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, DC 2...
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ADAO Opposition to the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2012 (H.R. 4369)

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ADAO Opposition to the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2012 (H.R. 4369)

  1. 1. June 5, 2012The Honorable Lamar Smith, ChairmanHouse Judiciary Committee2138 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515ADAO Judiciary H.R. 4369 Opposition LetterThe Honorable John Conyers, Jr., Ranking MemberHouse Judiciary Committee2138 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515Re: ADAO Opposition to the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2012 (H.R. 4369)Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Conyers:The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) respectfully writes to express our opposition tothe Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2012 (FACT Act), H.R. 4369. We opposed the billbecause it is unfair and discriminatory toward asbestos cancer victims and sufferers. Ostensibly designedfor transparency, by imposing lengthy reporting requirements on asbestos trusts, the legislation wouldoperate in a manner to only require such reporting and submission to data requests from plaintiffs,asbestos victims, while purposely shielding the other party to the settlements and litigation, the defendantcompanies.ADAO, an independent non-profit organization, is dedicated to preventing asbestos exposures andeliminating environmental and occupational asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos is a known humancarcinogen that causes deadly cancerous diseases. Yet, it remains a major public health hazard that severelyaffects too many American families. The 2012 USGS World Report confirmed that the U.S continues toimport the asbestos, notwithstanding these lethal and fatal exposures to “meet manufacturing demands,”1notwithstanding the knowledge of asbestos’ lethal nature.Accordingly, ADAO is strongly opposed to the FACT Act, as it creates greater burdens for patients andfamilies to overcome during an already extremely difficult time. Delayed or denied compensation wouldgravely impact patients’ pursuit of medical care and justice. As a mesothelioma widow, I am disappointed1 “The United States is dependent on [asbestos] imports to meet manufacturing needs.”http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/asbestos/mcs-2012-asbes.pdf Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, and Community Support" 1525 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 318 · Redondo Beach · California · 90278 · (310) 251-7477 www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org
  2. 2. when Congressional legislative efforts choose to focus on litigation instead of education and prevention.Americans need legislation that will stop the continued import of asbestos into our country, and preventenvironmental and occupational asbestos-related diseases. As consumers and workers, Americans deservetransparency to prevent exposure to asbestos, not to penalize victims.Trusts established by asbestos companies undergoing reorganization effectively compensate current andfuture asbestos victims while allowing business operations to continue. Trusts are designed to decreaselitigation and costs; these reporting requirements work against these purposes. The FACT Act grantsasbestos companies the right to require from the trusts any information they choose, at any time and forpractically any reason. As proposed, the bill negatively affects all victims of asbestos exposure, andeffectively limits the justice they deserve.On behalf of the American citizens, we urge you to consider legislation that will protect public health, notlegislation that aims to delay or deny justice for victims of asbestos exposure.Sincerely,Linda ReinsteinPresident and Co-Founder, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit volunteer organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, Prevention, Support and a Cure" 1525 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 318 · Redondo Beach · California · 90278 · 310.437.3886 www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org

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