U.S. Sen. Joe Biden have opposed a bill aimed at reducing the number of asbestos lawsuits. Biden and member of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, actively opposed a bill that would have replaced thousands of lawsuits with a trust fund for asbestos victims.
The bill’s chief sponsors, were Sens. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. They argued that the measure would end abusive litigation. The critics, on the other hand said that the bill would leave victims without compensation. Thus it would deprived the people. The bill was defeated in 2006 amid Democratic opposition.
While the bill was being considered on Capitol Hill, Biden’s son Beau was a partner in a Wilmington law firm that was filing asbestos lawsuits on behalf of mesothelioma victims. Seantor Biden spokesman David Wade said the senator “consistently opposed” the bill because it was unfair.