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: Passed the House on the last day possible by a vote of 59-35; now moves to the Senate with Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) as the bill sponsor.

Update/Chamber Action: The bill has been assigned to the Senate Civil Law Committee where a different version of the bill had difficulty last session and was unable to garner enough votes to pass. The difficulty will be getting Sens. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) and Eric Koch (R-Bedford), both trial attorneys, to find something they can support. The Chamber and its business coalition partners will be working on a strategy to successfully maneuver this bill through this committee and the Senate.

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