Asbestos Trusts Come Under DOJ Civil Investigation

Law360 (October 5, 2018, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice is turning up the heat to ferret out abuses and potential cases of fraud in the country's multibillion-dollar asbestos bankruptcy trust system.

Beyond conspicuously becoming involved in the bankruptcy cases for companies that entered Chapter 11 to address a mountain of lingering asbestos claims in recent weeks, the Justice Department has also been investigating claimants' trusts for potential violations of the False Claims Act for failure to reimburse Medicare for victims' medical treatments.

In demands sent to a number of asbestos trusts, the department has sought information about settlement agreements with claimants, saying it is trying...

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