US asbestos industry seeks escape clause in law

US asbestos industry seeks escape clause in law Asbestos-related litigation in the us runs into billions of dollars today. So much so that the amount is estimated to exceed the combined cost of destruction caused by 9/11 and Hurricane Andrew. The trend has been accentuated by a spate of new lawsuits against relatively less risky industries that used asbestos as a raw material, and damages sought by a large number of "unimpaired' claimants