The latest effort by asbestos companies to limit compensation to asbestos victims has begun. Asbestos companies have used their political influence to introduce a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. While this won’t impact many of our past clients, if passed, it could hurt future victims of asbestos.

It is called the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act.” This bill will delay, and in some cases, deny justice and badly needed compensation to people suffering from asbestos-related diseases. It would be detrimental to future Simmons Hanly Conroy client cases in two ways:

First, it would delay the process of bankruptcy claims and therefore delay compensation. Second, confidential information disclosed and gathered under this legislation would be used to help asbestos companies evade their liability for poisoning people.

Several asbestos victims are already taking steps to let their legislators know just how bad this bill is and how it will negatively impact people diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. We hope you will join their efforts to ensure these companies will continue to be held responsible for their wrongdoings.

Make Your Voice Heard

If the FACT Act passes, mesothelioma victims would be on the losing end. Asbestos cancer victims need your help in standing up against the FACT Act. Please join the fight against the FACT Act by taking the following steps.

  1.   Sign the petition!

Go to www.CancerVictimsRights.org. You will see a “Take Action” button on the right side of the website. Click the button and follow the instructions. It only takes a few minutes to sign and send a message to your Congressional Representatives that you oppose the bill.

2.   Contact your U.S. Congressional Representative!

Call or e-mail your representative and tell them you oppose the FACT Act. Go to www.house.gov/representatives/find to find your senators’ and representatives’ contact information. By sending an e-mail or speaking to someone at their offices, you will showcase our public support for victims of asbestos.

3.   Support the campaign for asbestos cancer victims online!

Follow the campaign against the FACT Act online. If you are a member of Facebook, you can like the Cancer Victims’ Rights Campaign by going to the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CVRCampaign) and clicking the “like” button. If you are a member of Twitter, you can follow the campaign’s Twitter
page (www.twitter.com/CVRCampaign) and click the “follow” button.

4.   Spread the word!

Share this information with your family and friends and ask themto repeat these four easy steps.

Visit www.cancervictimsrights.org to learn more and sign the petition.