Idaho is just the latest state to introduce American Legislative Executive Council (ALEC) model legislation aimed at providing immunity for Crown Holding, a major ALEC financial backer. This bill, if enacted, would leave little recourse for those suffering from the deadly effects of asbestos, shielding Crown from any accountability.
In a recent story, Crown claims bankruptcy from litigation would cause their employees to lose their jobs; however, Crown previously filing papers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stating the exact opposite - that claims from asbestos would have no adverse affect on the corporation.
The link between mesothelioma and asbestos has been known by asbestos manufacturers since the 1940s and the deadly effect of asbestos isn’t news to Crown. Asbestos-related diseases continue to kill 10,000 Americans each year and it’s still legal in the U.S. This legislation is solely designed to protect Crown’s bottom line by closing the courthouse doors to workers and their family who suffered the devastating effects of asbestos exposure.
Learn more about ALEC in AAJ’s report, ALEC: Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America.