Warren TV ad defends work on asbestos case

Tuesday October 9, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- Demo cratic Senate hopeful Eliza beth Warren has launched two new television ads responding to criticism by Republican Sen. Scott Brown of her legal work in an asbestos-related case.

Brown also released a new ad Monday, faulting War ren’s tax proposals.

Warren’s ads feature family members of asbestos victims. In one, Kingston resident Virginia Jackson says her husband died in 1990 of mesothelioma -- a cancer linked to asbestos -- after he was exposed while working at a Quincy shipyard.

Jackson credits Warren for going "all the way to the Supreme Court to try to get more money for asbestos victims." She says Brown should be "ashamed" for using victims’ suffering to help himself.

Brown has said Warren was paid nearly $250,000 by Travelers Insurance to help defend the company against asbestos poisoning settlements.

An ad released by Brown’s campaign last week said Warren helped Travelers limit the amount of money victims would get.

"The results were disastrous for victims," the ad’s narrator says.

Warren’s campaign has called Brown’s allegations false and misleading.

It says Warren, a bankruptcy expert, argued in the 2009 Supreme Court case that Travelers should be protected from future lawsuits from victims because such suits would prevent similar trusts from being created, making it impossible for all victims to be paid.

A Brown spokeswoman stood by the ad.

"Elizabeth Warren went to work as a hired gun for a massive corporation to limit their liability and give them immunity from future claims," Brown spokeswoman Alleigh Marre said.


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