Originally thought to be a "miracle mineral" because of its ability to withstand heat, asbestos was used in thousands of products, including most homes and buildings. It was originally used to help people, not hurt them. But some producers, who ultimately became aware of the risks and covered them up, were rightfully sued. That has evolved, over the years, to the point where asbestos litigation itself might be regarded as one of America's major industries. According to The Manhattan Institute,
Asbestos litigation today has come to consist, mainly, of non-sick people, suing in jurisdictions where asbestos litigation is one of the main industries supporting the local economy, claiming compensation for non-existent injuries, often testifying according to prepared scripts with perjurious contents, and often supported by specious medical evidence.With this background, Angelos late last year filed a motion to consolidate 13,000 non-mesothelioma asbestos personal injury lawsuits in Baltimore. Most of these Plaintiffs, of course, are healthy. His reason for seeking consolidation is simple. It's a practice that would place the "efficiency of the court and interest of the plaintiffs in collecting damages over the due process rights of defendants." But it has also provided an unexpected opportunity for disclosure.
According to The Wall Street Journal,
The first discovery was that more than 1,500 claimants were duplicates. Of the remaining 11,383 plaintiffs, nearly 70% had been diagnosed by one or more of the same five doctors. One of the physicians, William Goldiner, diagnosed nearly 50% of the plaintiffs, 77 in one day. When not outputting claims for the tort bar, Dr. Goldiner works as a team doctor for the Baltimore Orioles, which are owned by Peter Angelos. Another doctor, Joseph Kligman, is a former partner of Dr. Goldiner. The other three doctors either prepared reports at Dr. Goldiner's request or relied on his exams.These certainly look like bogus suits in which friendly doctors are helping Mr. Baseball. And that's where McClure works.
This is the shady world in which McClure operates. The question should not be whether he is elected County Executive. The question should be how this outsider, who belongs to no other local organizations, ever got elected to County Council in the first place.