Announcements

Durabla: DURABLA MANUFACTURING COMPANY AND DURABLA CANADA LTD. ASBESTOS TRUST UPDATE

The Durabla Manufacturing Company and Durabla Canada Ltd. Asbestos Trust (“Trust”) has been preparing to commence accepting claims filings. The Trust faces great uncertainty in the prediction of both the number and severity of claims that will be filed and the amount of assets available to pay those claims. Because of this uncertainty, the Trust Distribution Procedures were amended, after consultation with, and with the consent of, the TAC[1] and FCR[2] , to provide for an initial three-year and six-month period during which the Trust will receive claims for filing (the “Initial Intake Period”). During the Initial Intake Period, no claims will be processed or paid.

The initial Intake Period began on February 7, 2020 and will therefore end on March 8, 2024 at the close of business. At the conclusion of the Initial Intake Period, the Trust will determine the payment percentage and consider any additional actions necessary to fulfill the purposes of the Trust. A claims processing fee may be required prior to the processing of any filed claims. Should you need to file a claim to toll the relevant Statute of Limitations you must do so by the close of business on March 8, 2024. Please note that if you wish to file those claims via Simple Batch you will need to provide a test batch to CRMC for approval which may take some time. For additional information, click here.

As noted in a prior announcement just a minimal set of data is required to file with the Trust at this time.  An SOL tolling date is set once the data has been saved. You will see that date on the Claim Detail Page. Once the payment percentage has been determined the Trust will work with CRMC to develop the policies and procedures for the Trust and to modify the Eclaims system to accommodate Durabla claims. We will keep you updated throughout this process so please check the CRMC website regularly.

[1] 1 Capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the meaning ascribed to them in the Trust Agreement and the Trust Distribution Procedures.,

[2] Pursuant to Sections 2.2(f)(xii), 5.7, and 6.6 of the Trust Agreement.

NARCO: Claims Processing Updates Related to Timing of Submission for Proof of Personal Representative’s Official Capacity

eClaims has been updated to allow claims to be reviewed for exposure, medical and statute of limitations purposes and receive an offer prior to the submission of the appropriate Certificate of Capacity documentation. To the extent Certificate of Capacity documentation is required, any offer on the claim is contingent upon receipt of both the signed release and the appropriate Certificate of Capacity documentation. The claim will not be paid until the appropriate Certificate of Capacity documentation is provided. 

NARCO: Update to Trust’s Policy on Proof of Personal Representative’s Official Capacity for Deceased Claimants

The NARCO Trust has revised its policy on acceptable documentation for proof of the personal representative’s official capacity for deceased claimants. The NARCO Trust will continue to accept Letters Testamentary/Letters of Administration or other proof of the personal representative’s official capacity as provided or allowed by applicable state law.  Alternatively, the NARCO Trust will now accept the submission of the Affidavit of Decedent’s Representative and the Law Firm/Attorney’s Representation Affirming Official Representative’s Authority as proof of the personal representative’s official capacity.  To be clear, submitting one form and not the other form will not be sufficient – both forms must be submitted to satisfy the requirement.  The forms for the Affidavit of Decedent’s Representative and the Law Firm/Attorney’s Representation Affirming Official Representative’s Authority can be found on the NARCO Trust’s Documents Page.

Manville: Asbestos Claims Research Facility

Effective July 1, 2023, the Asbestos Claims Research Facility has closed its physical location in Aurora, CO. Throughout the COVID-19 period, CRMC has investigated ways to provide services to its research facility clients without the added expense of travel costs. The facility is now positioned to remotely handle all client requests. Please continue contacting the facility by email at ACRFrecords@claimsres.com or via telephone at (303)-364-8158. Operating hours are Monday through Friday between 9AM and 5PM Mountain Standard Time.

MLC: Web Services

CRMC would like to announce that we are now accepting claim filings via Web Services for the MLC Trust. We have developed Web Services for MLC to meet the needs of high volume filers looking to file MLC claims. 

To utilize this service we require users to demonstrate an ability to perform some basic tasks with our development system. If you are interested please send an email to inquiry@claimsres.com for more information.

MLC: MLC Trust Claims Filing Announcement

CRMC will begin accepting claims for the Motors Liquidation Trust (MLC Trust) on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 6:00 AM ET.

If your law firm has not provided your Hybrid Filer Agreement and User Administrator (UA) letter you will not have access to file claims until you do. Those documents should be emailed to DSnow@claimsres.com. If your firm has provided documents, the designated User Administrator has been given permissions. They will set up the appropriate users at the firm. Please reach out to your firm’s UA before reaching out to us if you don’t see MLC in the drop-down.

NARCO: Revised Releases

The NARCO Trust has revised its releases to include a certification regarding the payment and/or resolution of certain Medicare related obligations. These revisions are made in accordance with the Amended Buyout Agreement approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on December 8, 2022. Please see the NARCO Trust’s Documents Page for the revised releases. The revised releases apply to all releases received after January 30, 2023.