By Stephen Carroll
Examines the scale of present asestos litigation and the aptitude destiny results of the litigation at the U.S. financial system.
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Support for pleural registries may also have waned after many states, including Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Texas—all states with large asbestos caseloads—adopted a “two-disease” rule, allowing plaintiffs who initially had nonmalignant diseases to bring a second lawsuit if and when a malignancy is diagnosed. Some states, such as California, relaxed their statues of limitation for asbestos claims. 02). , 1985; Hensler, 1995; McGovern 1986, 1989, 1997; Peterson & Selvin, 1991; Willging, 1985).
The growing proportion of claims from workers who were exposed to asbestos in the nontraditional industries implies that an increasing proportion of claims are being brought by people whose exposure to asbestos has been less severe than it was in the past. Because the severity of asbestosis is related to dose, the growth in the fraction of claims brought by people whose exposure to asbestos was less severe would imply a commensurate decline in the severity of claimed conditions. S. industry (at the two-digit SIC level), now involved in litigation • By 1998, nontraditional defendants account for more than 60% of asbestos expenditures (confidential study) A3823-49 08/02 Because most of the traditional defendants are in bankruptcy and are not making payments any more, the litigation has moved on to a wide variety of new defendants.
And foreign insurance companies, we believe foreign insurers have spent $8 to 12 billion through 2000, over half of which has been assumed by London. Milliman estimates that foreign insurers have spent $7 to 10 billion on asbestos litigation to date (Bhagavatula, Moody & Russ, 2001, p. 86). S. defendants have spent from $20 billion to $24 billion on asbestos litigation through 2000. In their bankruptcy filings and related documents, corporations filing for bankruptcy have reported expenditures (including costs recovered from insurance) ranging from $450 million to $5 billion.
Asbestos Litigation Costs and Compensation: An Interim Report by Stephen Carroll