- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 8, 2005

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — President Bush called yesterday for federal curbs on asbestos lawsuits, which he said are driving businesses into bankruptcy and denying some victims swift compensation.

“It’s not fair to those who are getting sued, and it’s not fair for those who justly deserve compensation,” Mr. Bush said at a performing arts center north of Detroit. “These asbestos suits have bankrupted a lot of companies, and that affects the workers here in Michigan and around the country.”

Inhalation of the tiny asbestos fibers can cause lung diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Lester Brickman, a Yeshiva University law professor selected by Mr. Bush to discuss the asbestos cases at yesterday’s appearance, told the audience that more than 100,000 workers have died as a result of exposure to asbestos.

The American Trial Lawyers Association puts the figure at 300,000, and projects a similar number will die over the next four decades.

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