The Gori Law Firm
Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day
To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences, in addition to face-to-face meetings. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation.
More than $3 Billion Recovered For Our Clients

Ohio passes asbestos lawsuit disclosure bill

Under a new bill that will soon become law in Ohio, people who file asbestos lawsuits in that state will be required to disclose whether they have been involved in any earlier asbestos claims, under the threat of perjury charges. The governor of Ohio is expected to sign the bill. Similar legislation has also been introduced in at least four other states as well as the federal Congress.

People who are injured as a result of asbestos exposure generally have two means of seeking damages: lawsuits or trusts, the latter of which are more commonly set up by bankrupt companies to compensate victims. The stated aim of the new law is to prevent victims from "double-dipping," i.e. receiving money from a trust and then filing a lawsuit.

There are a few indisputably positive aspects about the new law. First, it preserves the rights of people who were exposed to asbestos and who were harmed as a result to file lawsuits against the companies or people responsible for that exposure. Second, the law does not include any form of damage caps.

The alleged goal of the new bill is to clear out some of the cases on the state's court backlog, which is one of the largest in the country. Currently, there are more than 5,700 cases pending on a sole county's asbestos docket, and cases are pending in at least 70 of Ohio's 88 counties.

However, some critics of the new law do not believe that the swollen docket is the real reason behind the law. "This bill is designed to give a handout to the asbestos industry while robbing dying cancer victims of their constitutional rights," said Anthony Gallucci of the Asbestos Victims Coalition. "The asbestos industry should be held accountable."

Source: Insurance Journal, "Asbestos Lawsuit Disclosure Bill Heads to Ohio Governor," Dec. 13, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Why Choose The Gori Law Firm?

  1. Experience

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we guide our clients through the litigation process by addressing questions and concerns and about the outcome every step of the way. Read More

  2. Results

    The team at The Gori Law Firm fights hard for clients, working to get the compensation and the settlement they deserve, obtaining over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Read More

  3. Team Approach

    We are more than just experienced attorneys: our team is also made up of highly trained paralegals and professionals specially trained to deal with the demands of these complex cases. Read More

  4. Faster Trial Dates

    We know that obtaining funds in a timely manner will help cover medical expenses. The Gori Law Firm works quickly to recover funds and secure the earliest possible trial dates on our client's behalf. Read More


Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice
ABA - Defending Liberty - Pursuing Justice Illinois State Bar Association

Fill Out Our Form Today To Get A Free Case Review.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Get a Free Case Review Today

The Gori Law Firm News

The Gori Law Firm Donates to Several Area Food Pantries During the COVID-19 Crisis

Read More >

In The Community

The Gori Law Firm and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

More Community & Events >

Read Our White Paper

A Continuing Threat: How Deadly Legacy Of Asbestos Haunts Navy Veterans Today >

Edwardsville Office
The Gori Law Firm
156 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edwardsville Law Office Map

Washington, DC Office
The Gori Law Firm
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW
10th Floor

Washington, DC 20009
Washington Law Office Map

New Orleans Office
The Gori Law Firm
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2195
New Orleans, LA 70112
New Orleans Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
The Gori Law Firm
3878 Carson Street, Suite 210
Torrance, CA 90503
Torrance Law Office Map

New York Office
The Gori Law Firm
360 Lexington Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
New York Law Office Map

Orlando Office
The Gori Law Firm
37 N. Orange Ave., Suite 1100F
Orlando, FL 32801
Orlando Law Office Map

Granite City Office
The Gori Law Firm
2862 Madison Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040
Granite City Law Office Map

Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day 888-362-6890
Close X

Contact Us For A Free Case Assessment

Back To Top