MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a bill opponents say would slow asbestos-exposure lawsuits.
The measure up for a vote Tuesday would require plaintiffs to reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to go after. Republican supporters say such a move would prevent lawyers from hiding multiple claims in hopes of maximizing awards.
But opponents, including veterans exposed to asbestos during their service, say the measure is designed to slow cases down in the hopes plaintiffs will die and protect corporations from making payouts.
The Assembly passed the bill last year. If it clears the Senate, it would then head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.