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How can an asbestos claim affect your company?

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Asbestos & Mesothelioma Defense

Asbestos liabilities can affect companies, especially during mergers and acquisitions. The risk of more claims means companies need to investigate thoroughly and plan carefully to reduce risks and costs.

Understanding these factors helps create a plan to manage claims and calm investor concerns, reducing negative impacts on share prices. In this blog, we will look at how asbestos claims could affect your company and offer tips on managing these liabilities.

Assessing and managing risk

Businesses that use asbestos need to check their risks:

  • First, identify who might make claims. Then, examine the types of asbestos used and determine whether safety measures were in place. Look at the types of asbestos used and see if safety measures were in place. This helps in planning a defense strategy. It also helps answer questions from investors and reduces negative impacts on the share price.
  • Next, the company must figure out its financial risk. If insurance covers these claims, it limits the impact. Still, some claims may not be insured. In that case, the company faces direct legal costs.

Companies can either fight these claims in court or settle them. Settlements can limit exposure and avoid long legal battles. Consulting a lawyer is advisable at this stage as they can help the company build a strong defense strategy.

Legal strategies in mergers and acquisitions

Asbestos liabilities play a critical role in mergers and acquisitions. Sellers may decide whether to include these liabilities in the sale or keep them. Including them might lower the sale price or scare off buyers. Sellers might want to consider giving full information to preferred bidders.

Buyers need to check the claims profile and potential exposure. They should see if insurance covers these claims and if it is enough. Structuring the sale as an asset purchase can help avoid taking on liabilities. Keeping asbestos-related operations separate from the rest of the company can also help.

Defending against asbestos and mesothelioma claims means understanding potential liabilities. Companies must check risks and plan defenses ahead of time. In mergers and acquisitions, careful negotiation and clear separation of liabilities are key. By staying informed and prepared, businesses can effectively manage the challenges of asbestos litigation.