A bill to curb lawsuits over on-the-job asbestos exposure is nearing a vote in the Ohio Senate.
Legislation requiring workers to divulge all asbestos claims filed by or for them or face perjury charges cleared a Senate committee Tuesday, sending it to an expected floor vote Wednesday.
Proponents said companies can't know about potential double-dipping by victims, who sometimes seek damages from trusts set up by bankrupted companies and pursue damages from surviving businesses. The measure preserves victims' rights to sue when harmed by the powdery white carcinogen and wouldn't cap awards.
Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland, has one of America's busiest asbestos dockets. Similar cases are pending in dozens of Ohio counties.