House Bill will prevent asbestos lawsuits from being filed in inappropriate places

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bill to stop people who file lawsuits in asbestos cases from picking where the suit is filed has cleared a House committee.

Ruston Representative Shadoin sponsored the bill. Proponents of the bill say it will stop legal hanky panky and put these lawsuits in the place where they belong.

"What the bill would do would be to provide what venue would be appropriate in the parish or parishes where the exposure to the toxic substance occurred rather than in the parishes where the defendants are domiciled," says Attorney Leigh Ann Shell.

A Monroe businessman testified he's had 109 lawsuits filed against him for asbestos claims. He says the bill may not necessarily help him but he urged passage anyway.

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