Q. Aren’t our courts are already clogged with too many frivolous lawsuits, which drive up the costs of healthcare?
If they are, it’s only because companies are trying to avoid responsibility. As early as the 1920s and 1930s, American industry discovered that radiation, asbestos, silica, benzene, lead, arsenic and other workplace toxins could cause cancer decades after workers retired. Instead of eliminating toxins and warning workers, the chemical, mining and asbestos industry chose to cover up the dangers, placing profits over people. This legislation would reward them for endangering and lying to their own employees.
In fact, CertainTeed is one of the companies pushing its political allies to pass this legislation. CertainTeed abandoned its St. Louis-area asbestos plant in 1979, leaving behind an asbestos dump that created an epidemic of cancer claims in the surrounding neighborhood. CertainTeed’s attempts to cover up the problem have been documented. The Missouri Legislature should not put the narrow interests of campaign contributors ahead of the welfare of the citizens who elected them.