Bill # and Title: HB 1061 – Asbestos Litigation
Author: Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne)
Summary: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to the appropriate interim study committee the topic of the appropriate statute of repose duration for certain product liability actions. Requires certain disclosures regarding asbestos bankruptcy trust claims in civil asbestos actions. Provides medical criteria to set aside and preserve the claims of asbestos and silica claimants without physical impairment, and gives priority to asbestos and silica claimants with malignant conditions and impairing nonmalignant conditions.
Chamber Position: Support
Status: Narrowly passed the House Judiciary Committee 7-6; awaiting action by full House.

Update/Chamber Action: To move the bill out of the House Judiciary Committee, the statute of repose portion was turned into a study committee – with the rest of the bill remaining intact. The Chamber and coalition members worked hard to sway committee members to reach the narrow victory. We are repeating that effort ahead of the House vote on Monday.

Resource: Mike Ripley at (317) 264-6883 or e-mail: [email protected]