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January 23, 2012

Asbestos Policy Debate: Motley Rice member Nate Finch speaks about payments to asbestos victims

On Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, Motley Rice member and asbestos lawyer Nate Finch participated in a policy debate hosted by the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy (CCJCA) regarding the asbestos bankruptcy trust system. Finch, a plaintiffs' lawyer, spoke with James Stengel of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe about whether information collected during payments made by bankruptcy trusts to asbestos victims should be shared in court cases filed by the same client. Stengel provided the defendants' perspective during this debate.

Other issues that were discussed included:

  • The basics of the ongoing asbestos bankruptcy trust debate
  • Litigant issues
  • What reforms, if any, are needed

Called a "big player in asbestos bankruptcy trusts" in a Legal Newsline article covering the debate, Motley Rice is a firm committed to representing the rights of workers injured by the asbestos industry and other corporate wrongdoing. Prior to joining Motley Rice as a member, Finch worked with Motley Rice asbestos lawyers as co-counsel in several trials and negotiations to resolve asbestos product manufacturers' bankruptcies. Finch has more than 20 years of litigation experience and has tried numerous cases in federal district courts focused on the medical and scientific factors associated with asbestos-related diseases and asbestos exposure. He frequently serves as a speaker at asbestos litigation and bankruptcy conferences across the country.

Read the full Legal Newsline article on the asbestos policy debate.