It's Time To Fix NYC's Broken Asbestos Litigation System

Law360, New York (June 2, 2015, 1:41 PM EDT) -- Willie Sutton famously said that he robbed banks “because that’s where the money is.” New York became a hub for asbestos tort claims for the same reason. The judge in charge of the asbestos docket for the past six years made New York a highly lucrative place to file asbestos lawsuits.

We now know why. Federal corruption charges against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the judge’s retirement and investigative reports have exposed how this judicial hellhole was built. The new asbestos docket judge can restore confidence in New York’s judiciary by taking three steps: (1) stop consolidating dissimilar cases, (2) restore...

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