It is an unfortunate reality that asbestos lawsuits now generally have a bad reputation. The plaintiffs that are genuinely suffering from mesothelioma and similar debilitating diseases are painted as selfish and opportunistic, simply because they choose to fight the people and companies whose greed and negligence caused them to contract those diseases.
As such, the attorneys who choose to work as mesothelioma lawyers and help seek justice for the unknowing victims of asbestos exposure are usually also cast in the same light. And it is no surprise that those attorneys must often defend their decision to represent mesothelioma clients, in both personal and professional settings.
This was proven in a series of recent interviews with U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat has been attacked from many angles in connection with her work on a 2009 asbestos lawsuit, and it remains to be seen whether it will significantly affect her political campaign and career.
After it was learned that Warren represented Travelers Insurance in a mesothelioma lawsuit, she was initially questioned about her decision to represent an insurance company as a self-professed consumer advocate.
Then, she was questioned about her work in the suit, in which she helped to unlock a $500 million settlement trust for asbestos victims. Warren claims that she encouraged the settlement so that all of those victims would receive fair compensation for their injuries.
Unfortunately, that settlement was overturned on appeal after Warren discontinued her representation of Travelers, a decision that she has criticized in recent interviews. You can read more about the Travelers case in our previous asbestos blog posts.
What do you think? Should Warren’s work on the asbestos case affect her campaign in any way?
Source: Boston Globe, “Elizabeth Warren defends work on asbestos lawsuit,” Michael Levenson, Sept. 24, 2012