John C. Lemaster
The Arizona legislature recently enacted A.R.S. § 12-782 to prohibit claimants from obtaining duplicative or excessive recoveries in asbestos personal injury lawsuits. Section 12-782 impacts personal injury plaintiffs that also submit claims to asbestos bankruptcy trusts or other personal injury trusts set up to compensate parties injured by asbestos containing products. Its provisions make the following reforms to lawsuits alleging personal injury based on exposure to asbestos containing products:
Section 12-782 goes into effect on July 3, 2015.