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January 24, 2005

Equitas attacks US asbestos law

Equitas, the reinsurance vehicle set up to rescue Lloyd's of London from towering asbestos liabilities, yesterday blasted a proposed US law that would fail to protect the organisation from going bankrupt.

The Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act, a bill being laid before the US Senate this week by Senator Arlen Specter, would require US businesses and all insurers with asbestos liabilities to contribute to a $140billion (75billion) trust that would take over from America's courts in dealing with all US asbestos claims.

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Posted by Tom Troceen