Louisiana House Passes Bill Restricting Mesothelioma Cases


According to The Times-Picayune, after a committee of state representatives approved a bill that would place venue restrictions on latent disease litigation, such as mesothelioma lawsuits, it was sent to the full Louisiana House of Representatives, where it was passed on April 9.

The bill now heads to a Senate committee for approval. If the bill becomes law, it would restrict where mesothelioma lawsuits can be filed, limiting them to the parish where the asbestos exposure that led to the disease took place.

Opponents of the bill argue that if enacted, it will hurt mesothelioma victims, because many times those afflicted with the disease were exposed to asbestos while working on multiple sites with varying levels of toxicity, making venue selection more complicated than this bill makes it seem.

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