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44 S. Tex. L. Rev. 1045 (2002-2003)
The Scope and Impact of Asbestos Litigation

handle is hein.journals/stexlr44 and id is 1059 raw text is: THE SCOPE AND IMPACT OF ASBESTOS
The following is an edited transcript of the remarks of Ms. Jennifer L.
Biggs during the Asbestos Litigation Symposium given March 7, 2003
at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.
Asbestos Usage
Miracle mineral: heat resistant, strong, durable, flexible,
inexpensive, abundant
Peaked in the early 1970s
Contained in - 3,500 products (1989 EPA study)
Still legal in the U.S. today
Ban on asbestos promulgated by the EPA in 1989 was
remanded by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1991
Only a few portions of the ban remained intact: new product
uses; rollboard; flooring felt; and commercial, corrugated, and
specialty paper
No effective warning label requirements
Not tracked effectively
Large manufacturers report annually to Toxic Release Inventory
No requirements for small manufacturers
Imports (especially building materials)
*  Jennifer Biggs is a consulting actuary and principal in the St. Louis office of
Tillinghast-Towers Perrin. Ms. Biggs is a member of Tillinghast's asbestos and
environmental practice area and coordinates research and development activities relating
to asbestos liabilities of insurers and reinsurers. Under her direction, as chairperson of the
American Academy of Actuaries Mass Tort Work Group, a public policy monograph
entitled Overview of Asbestos Issues and Trends was published in December 2001. See
Jennifer Biggs et al., Overview of Asbestos Issues and Trends (Dec. 2001), available at
http://www.actuary.org/mono.htm. Ms. Biggs is a frequent speaker regarding asbestos
issues and has testified before the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate


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