Mar 25, 2010
Asbestos Lawyers California Bound
The Wall Street Journal
Out here in California we see fraud-convicted Mississippi asbestos lawyers (“Asbestos Turnabout,” Review & Outlook, March 18) William Guy and Thomas Brock simply guilty of bad timing and picking the wrong state to double-dip for damages.
Here they could have sued, collected and then gone after duplicate compensation from one of the many bankruptcy trusts already set up by defendants. That way there would be no chance of courtroom disclosure and no repercussions when they made their second scoop.
Other asbestos lawyers know this and are making about the only business in-migration California is seeing these days.
Judges in larger counties here, where asbestos cases eat up the civil calendar and courtrooms go dark one day a month in the budget crisis, are beginning to sense the injustice and extra workload fostered by the double-dip scam.
John H. Sullivan
President, Civil Justice Association of California