The following is a statement by Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S.
Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, on today's ruling by federal
bankruptcy Judge George R. Hodges of the Western District of North
Carolina in the Garlock asbestos bankruptcy case:
"Fraud and abuse have plagued asbestos litigation for decades, as
today's order by Judge Hodges' makes clear. Plaintiffs' lawyers are
manipulating and withholding evidence, and Judge Hodges recognizes that
this is 'a regular practice by many plaintiffs' firms.'
"The Garlock bankruptcy order underscores the need for federal and state
legislation to rein in asbestos litigation abuse. Because, as Judge
Hodges' states: 'It appears certain tht more extensive discovery would
show more extensive abuse.'"
ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative,
political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state,
and local levels.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation
representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all
sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and
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