Democratic Vice President Elect, Joe Biden voted against a bill that would reduce the number of lawsuits victims of asbestos- related illnesses would be allowed to file.
The bill would have replaced thousands of individual lawsuits with a trust fund for those suffering from asbestos-related illness. Biden and his democratic constituents feared that the bill would effectively end litigation for victims, leaving them with insufficient compensation.
Biden has also been critical of the failed “Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution” Act in 2005. This act would have limited future compensation for people suffering from asbestos-related illnesses.
“Senator Biden consistently opposed the asbestos bill because it was unfair. He thought it was dead wrong that if the trust fund ran out of money for the victims, they couldn’t even get their rights back,” official spokesman for Biden, David Wade, said.
Sen. Arlen Specter(PA) and Patrick Leahy(VT) are among the supporters of the bill that argued the bill would put an end to abusive litigation. Unfortunately where we stand now, with the government not putting a ban on the harmful substance, the bill would serve to deny compensation and medical care to those who are suffering and in need.