According to reports, a retired federal judge attempted to mediate talks between Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), but was unsuccessful. Substantial differences are said to still exist among the political, corporate, insurance, and labor representatives concerned with this legislation.
The current bill was introduced on April 7, 2004, after all the involved parties were unable to come to an agreement on a previous version of the legislation (S. 1125, Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2003).
Publication date: 05/10/2004