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2018 House Bill 5456: Ban asbestos lawsuit “double dipping”

Public Act 100 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. Jason Wentworth (R) on January 30, 2018
To require plaintiffs who seek damages for alleged asbestos-related conditions to disclose whether they have already filed suits against trusts or claims pools created in previous asbestos bankruptcy cases. Reportedly some plaintiff attorneys have filed multiple suits seeking duplicate damages. The bill would also authorize reopening and readjusting cases and damage awards in such cases.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness on January 30, 2018
Reported in the House on February 7, 2018
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Erika Geiss (D) on February 7, 2018
To adopt the asbestos litigation system used by courts in Wayne County.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on February 7, 2018
Passed 58 to 51 in the House on February 8, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To require plaintiffs who seek damages for alleged asbestos-related conditions to disclose whether they have already filed suits against trusts or claims pools created in previous asbestos bankruptcy cases. Reportedly some plaintiff attorneys have filed multiple suits seeking duplicate damages. The bill would also authorize reopening and readjusting cases and damage awards in such cases.
Received in the Senate on February 13, 2018
Referred to the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee on February 13, 2018
Reported in the Senate on March 8, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the House on March 15, 2018
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Passed 83 to 25 in the House on March 21, 2018.
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(same description)
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on April 2, 2018

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