MEDIA ADVISORY: Asbestos Victims to Speak Out against Offensive Bill: FACT Act

H.R. 982 Would Invade Privacy, Deny Justice and Delay Compensation for Asbestos Victims

WASHINGTON--()--Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) President Linda Reinstein will speak on a press conference call on Tuesday, November 12th, about asbestos victims’ opposition to the FACT Act (H.R. 982) – a bill scheduled for a floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that same week.

The FACT Act is designed to make it even more difficult for asbestos victims to receive justice in court and hold asbestos corporations responsible for the harm their products have caused. It would also violate asbestos victims’ privacy by releasing sensitive information on a public website.

Asbestos victims were denied the opportunity to appear before a House committee considering the bill. They will spend next week working to expose the deceitful, unnecessary and offensive nature of the industry-sponsored bill.

Reinstein is joining the Alliance for Justice, Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign and Wisconsin Asbestos Victims Network on the call to address how the FACT Act constructs barriers to justice for those affected by asbestos. She will share stories of mesothelioma-warriors’ battles and discuss how asbestos is still legal and lethal in the United States.

           

Who:

Linda Reinstein, President ADAO; Alliance for Justice; Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign; Wisconsin Asbestos Victims Network

What:

The Real Facts on the FACT Act

Where:

Toll Free Number: 1.800.434.1335; Conference Code: 394831#

When:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11 AM EST

 

How the FACT Act Hurts Asbestos Victims and their Families:

  • Lists the last four digits of asbestos victims’ Social Security numbers on a public website
  • Creates new barriers and delays for victims receiving compensation and justice
  • Threatens the security of asbestos victims by revealing financial information
  • Jeopardizes asbestos victims and families for possible blacklisting and discrimination
  • Publicly lists “the name and exposure history of, a claimant and the basis for any payment from the trust made to such claimant”

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected, and raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the often deadly asbestos-related diseases. ADAO is funded through voluntary contributions and staffed by volunteers. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Contacts

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Kim Larkin, 202-391-5205
media@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) President Linda Reinstein will speak on a press conference call on Tuesday, November 12th, about asbestos victims’ opposition to the FACT Act (H.R. 982)

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Contacts

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Kim Larkin, 202-391-5205
media@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org