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Missouri House passes changes to asbestos lawsuits


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has passed legislation to change the rules for lawsuits over asbestos exposure.

House members voted 96-48 Thursday to send the measure to the Senate. It would require plaintiffs alleging harm from asbestos to file claims against every potentially liable company or bankrupt company's trust fund at once.

Republican Rep. Bruce DeGroot says his bill would prevent "double dipping." He says people with asbestos-related illnesses now can get multiple payouts from different companies and might be overcompensated.

But bipartisan critics said the measur...

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