In another indicator of the importance of the litigation industry, New York and Delaware courts continue to compete for big commercial cases. A recap of some of New York’s recent moves is set out in a June 6, 2015 AmLaw Daily article about Barry Ostrager taking the bench in New York. The article includes, however,

Years ago, Joe Rice very correctly said something to the effect of:  “Why would Congress ever end asbestos litigation. It’s the nation’s most consistently big fundraising and lobbying topic, ever.”

For 2014, Legal Newsline provided an August 15, 2014  report on contributions from some asbestos plaintiff’s firms to politicians. The numbers are impressive and