Assembly to act on asbestos lawsuits bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill that opponents say would deny justice to people exposed to asbestos is up for a final vote in the Wisconsin state Assembly.

Veterans are among the most vocal opponents of the measure up for a vote Thursday. If passed, the bill would head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

The heavily lobbied proposal would require plaintiffs who have suffered from asbestos exposure to reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to sue. They would also have to go after money from an asbestos trust before they could sue for more in court.

Proponents argue it is needed to prevent filing multiple claims against both trust funds set up to pay victims of asbestos exposure as well as individual businesses.

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