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Dibler Testifies Before Missouri House and Senate in Support of Bankruptcy Transparency

Dibler Testifies Before Missouri House and Senate in Support of Bankruptcy Transparency

Kurowski Shultz Attorneys At Law


KS Principal Lindsay Dibler testified before the Missouri House Special Committee on Litigation Reform on February 6 in support of H.B. 333, the House’s proposed bankruptcy transparency law.  On March 1, he returned to testify before the Senate Committee on General Laws in support of S.B. 346, the Senate’s version of the bill.   

Following recent failures on similar legislation, Dist. 101 Representative Bruce DeGroot introduced the House bill to provide fairness in the tort system and transparency of bankruptcy claims in the tort process.  H.B. 333 would require plaintiffs in asbestos cases to not only identify and provide trust claim documents and payment information, but require plaintiffs to file such claims at the beginning of the tort process.  Under the proposed legislation, plaintiffs would be required to disclose all trust filings and payments.  In addition, defendants who have a good faith basis to believe other trusts may apply would be able to move to stay the civil lawsuit on that basis until either plaintiff files such claims or a judge determines that all potential claims have been filed.

To date, the House bill has made it out of Committee as it did last year when Mr. Dibler gave similar testimony.