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Letter: Corporations are trying to evade accountability

Corporations are trying to evade accountability

Adam Morey, government affairs manager for the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, had a letter published in The News on July 25, “Enact bill protecting victims from personal injury lawyers.”

What he doesn’t tell readers is that this bill is championed by the very corporations that produced asbestos and knowingly exposed laborers and members of the military and their families.

This behavior continued for decades after the dangers were well-documented. Now, these corporations want to evade accountability by eroding the legal rights of those ill from asbestos disease and the families of those deceased.

In the almost 16 years since the death of my husband, the late U.S. Rep. Bruce Vento, from mesothelioma, I’ve lost count of their repeated attempts to pass legislation like this in states across the country. Thankfully, most state legislatures have rejected these bills, and New York legislators should, too.

Susan Vento

Maplewood, Minn.

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