Asbestos is a hot topic in the news, especially in Washington, D.C. A few weeks ago, on Tuesday, November 12, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) President Linda Reinstein spoke in opposition to Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act (H.R. 982). The bill would require asbestos trusts to issue quarterly reporters that discloses individuals who ask for funds related to asbestos disease and injury. According to ADAO, the bill will invade privacy, deny justice and delay compensation for asbestos victims.
ADAO and supports believes the bill will make it more difficult for asbestos victims to receive justice in court and hold asbestos corporations responsible for the harm their products have caused by creating new barriers and delays for victims receiving compensation.
The is also concerned about the privacy of asbestos victims: the law will post the last four digits of asbestos victims’ Social Security numbers on a public website; reveals victim financial information related to a case; publicly lists “the name and exposure history of, a claimant and the basis for any payment from the trust made to such claimant”. Opponents also feel that this could act as a sort of "black list" for the victims and their families.