Veterans call for end to asbestos lawsuit bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Veterans opposed to a bill that would slow asbestos-exposure lawsuits in Wisconsin are urging Gov. Scott Walker and the state Assembly to stop the measure.

Veterans and relatives of those who have died due to asbestos exposure held a news conference Monday, saying the bill would delay and deny justice to asbestos victims.

The Senate passed the bill last week and the Assembly was expected to vote on the final version Thursday before adjourning for the year.

Walker has not said whether he will sign the bill or not. But his spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster says "this bill is about ensuring transparency in the lawsuit process to stop trial lawyers from double dipping."

The bill would require plaintiffs to reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to go after.

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