T. Michael Brown was quoted in a Law360 article exploring the ramifications of West Virginia’s recent requirement which forces personal injury claimants to disclose the details of their claims in order to receive payment. The article explains that “the asbestos compensation trusts have come under fire by critics who say that opportunistic plaintiffs’ lawyers can inflate recoveries by hiding the fact that they have filed multiple or overlapping claims against the trusts and in state court.”
“There’s no check on that, so what the states have decided they can do is deal with the underlying litigation,” said Brown. West Virginia is the fourth state to enact the transparency reform measures.
Read “States Bypass Congress On Asbestos Bankruptcy Overhaul,” published in Law360 on March 25, 2015.