American Tort Reform Association
1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW ■ Suite 400 ■ Washington, DC 20036
(202) 682-1163 ■ Fax: (202) 682-1022 ■ www.atra.org
TO: ATRA Members
FR: Tiger Joyce, president, and Darren McKinney, director of communications
DATE: Friday, March 2, 2015
RE: ATRA’S NEW ‘ASBESTOS LITIGATION WATCH’ WEBSITE
First there were the phony chest x-rays exposed by CSX Transportation’s successful RICO lawsuit. Then a federal judge found manipulation of exposure evidence in the Garlock bankruptcy. And now the arrest and indictment of a powerful New York politician for corruption in connection with asbestos litigation has laid bare the personal injury bar’s undue influence over the judiciary.
With all the attention these and other events are getting from the media and policymakers, there’s never been a better time to advance our overwhelming case for substantive asbestos litigation reform.
To provide ATRA and its dedicated allies with a powerful tool as we all work for such reform in statehouses, courthouses and on Capitol Hill, ATRA today launches a new micro-website, AsbestosLitigationWatch.org. We plan to evolve the site further as future developments warrant, of course, but its broad design is to serve as a clearing house for useful, impeccably documented information about the scandal that asbestos litigation has become. It also will serve as something of a counterweight to the many asbestos law firm websites used aggressively to recruit clients and spread junk science.
Going forward, your feedback and regular input will be welcomed and integral to the site’s effectiveness. To maximize its impact, we also ask that you please help promote the site by linking and referring to it whenever and wherever appropriate, especially in the early going as we look to establish the site as a key resource for policymakers, the public and the media.
Thank you for your ongoing support