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WSJ Misrepresents Personal Injury Law In Support Of ALEC Effort To Deny Asbestos Relief In Ohio
A Wall Street Journal editorial echoed right-wing talking points to endorse an Ohio bill that would restrict asbestos victims from proving their claims at trial. But the editorial, which claims “rampant fraud” exists in asbestos-related litigation, provides no evidence of systemic abuse, conceals the fact that multiple companies can be legally responsible for asbestos injuries, and fails to disclose that the state legislation is a corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council bill pushed by top Republican ALEC officials.
Asbestos kills 10,000 people annually through cancer and catastrophic lung damage. Asbestos is still legal despite the fact that it is the proven cause of an ongoing epidemic, which is why companies that continue to produce or use asbestos may be sued for asbestos-caused disease. A victim can pursue legal relief against a bankrupt asbestos company by filing a claim against its trust. Personal injury law – tort law – generally holds that multiple actors can be legally responsible for the same injury and sued separately.
The WSJ, however, obscured this general tort principle in the editorial and misleadingly accused asbestos victims of “double-dipping” by filing claims against multiple companies who may all have contributed to the harm:
In screwed news…because of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, our worst fears have been realized: foreign entities are meddling in our elections. As investigative reporter Lee Fang of The Nation uncovered, the nation’s largest oil lobby group – the American Petroleum Institute – which spends heavily in our elections, is receiving much of its money from agents of the Saudi government. According to disclosure documents, hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the API this election cycle actually came from foreign oil companies like Aramco, which is a subsidiary of the Saudi state-run oil company and is headed up by Tofiq Al-Gabsani – one of the directors of API and a registered foreign agent for the Saudi government. Nearly all of the Saudi money spent by the API this election cycle went toward defeating President Obama and Democrats and trying to help Republicans like Scott Brown in Massachusetts. This would have been criminal before the Citizens United decision, but now trade groups like the API can spend unlimited foreign money buying our elections and never have to disclose those sources. This is one of the biggest threats to our democracy. Join the movement to overturn Citizens United and get corporate and foreign money out of our elections by going to http://www.MoveToAmend.org.
Mitt Romney is already slithering into the mists of history, or at least La Jolla, gone and soon to be forgotten. A weightless figure unloved and distrusted by even his own supporters, he was always destined, win or lose, to be a transitory front man for a radical-right GOP intent on barreling full-speed down the Randian path laid out by its true 2012 standard-bearer, Paul Ryan. But as was said of another unsuccessful salesman who worked the New England territory, attention must be paid to Mitt as the door slams behind him in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s brilliant victory. Though Romney leaves no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert’s fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote, is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat—our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it—won’t disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might.