Site/Ship List Modifications

Posted 11/24/2009:
Modifications to the Western Asbestos Site/Ship Lists were approved at the November 19, 2009 Trustees’ meeting. The modifications are listed below and new site/ship lists have been posted on the Trust Web site. Please review the current list, which includes a modification column for reference purposes.

Western Built List
  • Magoffin APA-199 has been removed from the built List
Western Repaired List
  • Added to the repaired list; Magoffin APA-199; repair dates 10/13/1953 – 12/14/1953; Mare Island Naval Shipyard; Low site rating
Minnesota Site list
  • Arsenal-Joliet removed from the site list
  • CF&I removed from the site list

 Notice Regarding Medicare ReportingPosted 10/20/2009:
In 2007, Congress passed the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act (“Act”), which imposes new and significant reporting requirements on certain entities that settle claims with Medicare recipients. In general, the Act requires a reporting entity to provide information to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) regarding payments made to Medicare recipients. These reporting requirements apply to payments made after January 1, 2010. A failure to report results in a penalty to the Trust of $1,000 per day for every claim not reported. 

CMS has interpreted the Act to require reporting by a wide variety of settling parties, which include this Trust. Due to the severe penalties associated with a failure to report, and CMS’ position as to which entities are required to report, the Trust has registered as a reporting entity. 

CMS does not require this Trust to report payments related to a claimant whose exposure to asbestos ended before December 5, 1980. However, there are still many questions about this exposure issue that the Trust will have to resolve before its first reports are filed.

At this time, the Trust is investigating procedural or operational changes that it may have to make in order to gather the information needed for reporting purposes.  It is possible that the Trust will be required to obtain additional information from claimants.  As the Trust works through these issues, it will provide further notice and information to claimants. 


Hold Claims Policy

Posted 09/14/2009:
The Trust can deem a claim withdrawn after the claim has been placed on hold and remains in hold status for over six (6) months. Upon written request and for good cause, the Trust may extend this period for an additional six (6) months.  After the extended period, the Trust will deem the claim withdrawn.

The initial six month time period will begin running on October 1, 2009.   If your firm has claims on hold, you have until April 30, 2010 to resubmit the claim with a complete claim packet (claim form and supporting documents), request in writing an additional six month period for good cause, or withdraw the claim.  The claim may be withdrawn and then resubmitted with an additional $250 filing fee.  If none of these options are chosen, the Trust will deem the claim withdrawn and notify your firm.

According to the Trust Distribution Procedures, the existing statute of limitations for the claim will not be affected by the withdrawal, only its place in the FIFO queue.  “A claimant can withdraw a Trust Claim at any time upon written notice to the Trust and file another claim subsequently without affecting the status of the claim for statute of limitations purposes, but any such claim filed after withdrawal shall be given a place in the FIFO Processing Queue based the date of such subsequent filing.” TDP Section 6.3.


Posted 04/29/2009:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a hearing on the motion to approve Western Asbestos Settlement Trust’s Fifth Annual Report and Accounting is scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. before United States Bankruptcy Judge, Leslie Tchaikovsky, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland Division, located at 1300 Clay Street, Room 201, Oakland, California 94604. View 2008 Annual Report

2009 Inflation

Posted 04/20/2009:
Claim payments made in 2009 will be adjusted for inflation, based upon the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The inflation adjustment for claims paid in 2009 is a reduction of .5% compounded with the inflation factor of 4.3% for 2008, 2.6% for 2006 and 3.4% for 2005. The total compounded inflation rate for claims paid in 2009 is 10.1%. The Trust’s current payment percentage is 40%.

Western Asbestos Site and Ship List Updates

Posted 03/12/2009:
Modifications to the Western Site/Ships list were approved at the Trustee meeting. These lists have been updated and are available in the Claim Packet section on the Trust website. Please review and print the current list(s), which includes a modification column for reference purposes.