For Immediate Release: January 8, 2016
ADAO Issues Strong Opposition to House Passage of So-Called FACT Act (H.R. 1927)
Bill will Delay Justice and Compensation, Violate Privacy for Asbestos Victims and Families
Washington DC – January 8, 2016 – Linda Reinstein, President and CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), today released the following statement on the passage of the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act and the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act” (H.R. 1927) in the U.S. House of Representatives. ADAO serves as a global leader in ending asbestos exposure through education, advocacy, and community.
“ADAO is deeply troubled and saddened by today’s passage of the FACT Act. Since ADAO was founded in 2004, more than 150,000 Americans have been killed by asbestos diseases. Sadly, there will be an untold number of lives lost to this killer as long as Congress continues to put corporate interests ahead of the health and safety of their constituents.
“Congress should be focusing on legislation to stop asbestos imports and ensure the EPA can expeditiously ban asbestos, not on providing handouts to the murderous asbestos industry. The dangers of asbestos have been known since the early 1900’s, but asbestos is still legal and lethal in the U.S., causing devastating illnesses and death for those exposed.
“Corporations that exposed Americans to a known carcinogen should be held accountable. It is reprehensible that the House has passed legislation that will let asbestos corporations off the hook, create significant privacy risks for victims, and delay compensation and justice.”
Asbestos claims more than 15,000 American lives annually and accounts for the majority of global deaths related to occupational carcinogens (194,000) according to the recently released The Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factor Study of 2013 (GBD 2013) from the prestigious Lancet medical journal.
Facts about the so-called FACT Act:
- Lists the last four digits of asbestos victims’ Social Security numbers on a public website
- Creates new barriers and delays for victims receiving compensation and justice
- Threatens the security of asbestos victims by revealing financial information
- Jeopardizes asbestos victims and families for possible blacklisting and discrimination
- Publicly lists “the name and exposure history of a claimant and the basis for any payment from the trust made to such claimant”
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About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is a global leader in combining education, advocacy, and community initiatives to prevent and end asbestos exposure. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.
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