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NARCO: Claims Processor

As announced on January 7, 2017, CRMC is now the sole claims processor for the NARCO Asbestos Trust.

Claims submission and processing for Expedited Review claims remains unchanged and you may proceed to file as before.

For Individual Review, although eClaims is in the process of being updated and you cannot yet submit claims online through eClaims or using CRMC’s Web Services, you may submit paper claims on the claim form and by bulk upload through the SimpleBatch system

The Trust is working to update eClaims and Web Services and will provide that functionality for Individual Review as soon as possible. For more information, please consult the Trust’s website at http://www.narcoasbestostrust.org/ and contact the CRMC with any questions (click here for contact information).

Manville: MV Level 2 Release Language

At the request of several counsel, a change has been made to the Level 2 release. Your client will have the option to accept the L2 offer at 4.3% which is eligible for a supplemental payment should one be made or the L1 $600 Cash Discount Payment. They should initial their selection and sign the release.

NARCO: COVID-19 Policy

NOTICE FROM THE NARCO ASBESTOS TRUST
June 24, 2020


In recognition of the hardships resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic, effective June 21, 2020, the NARCO Asbestos Trust adopts the following (which replaces and supersedes the Trust’s Notice dated March 27, 2020):

The Trust continues its temporary suspension of any requirement that a document submitted to the Trust be notarized. Documents may be submitted to the Trust without notarization as provided below. The Trust continues its temporary suspension of any requirement that a document be witnessed by more than one person or by a person unrelated to the signatory. Documents may be witnessed by one person who may be a family member.

Provided the claimant’s law firm has entered an electronic filer agreement with the Trust and CRMC, the Trust will continue to accept documents signed by DocuSign or by another commercially reasonable e-signature program. Claimants’ law firms should coordinate submission of documents signed by DocuSign or by another commercially reasonable e-signature program with CRMC.

Deadlines imposed by the TDP, Trust policy or procedures are extended through August 17, 2020. This is an extension of the deadlines, not a tolling of the deadlines. By notice dated March 27, 2020 the Trust tolled deadlines imposed by the TDP, Trust policy or procedures from March 23, 2020, for 90 days, to June 21, 2020. On June 21, 2020, the tolling will end and the tolled times will resume to run. If a time deadline occurs sometime between June 21, 2020 and August 17, 2020, the deadline is extended until August 17, 2020. The Trust will assess whether to further extend the deadlines before August 17, 2020 and will give at least five business days’ notice if the Trust determines to further extend the deadlines.

Without a further extension, the provisions of this Notice will expire on August 17, 2020. Except for the deadlines extended by this Notice, absent further notice from the Trust, on August 17, 2020, the Trust will revert to its prior policies including requiring original signatures.

NARCO Trust COVID-19 Policy PDF

Manville: Manville Trust 4.3% pro rata share

With the recent change in the Manville Trust Pro Rata share, the pro rata payment amount for a Level 2 claim is $516, less than a Level 1 Cash Discount Payment of $600. Therefore, the Trustees will offer the option of accepting the Level 2 value, which is eligible for a supplemental payment should one be paid, or accepting the Level 1 $600 cash discount payment. For electronic filers you will see the following options on the Offer Status Page:

                ACC – Offer Accepted as L2 $516 eligible for supplemental payment

                AL1 – Offer Accepted as L1 $600 cash discount payment

The proper release will generate once an option is selected. If you file on paper with CRMC, a representative will contact you prior to the issuance of an offer for your selection so the proper offer and release documents are sent.

CET: COVID-19 Policy

Statute of Limitation. At this time, the Trust will continue to enforce deadlines for the filing of claims set forth in Section 7.1(a)(2) of the TDP. However, in recognition of the inability of many claimants to file their claim on a timely basis as a result of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust will extend the applicable limitation period for 90 days for claims whose limitation period expires during the period from March 20, 2020 through June 18, 2020.

Offers. The Trust recognizes the inability of many claimants, as a result of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, to respond to offers in the time frame required. As such, where the time to respond to an offer expires during the period from March 20, 2020 through June 18, 2020, the Trust will extend the time for 90 days.

Affidavit. In light of current guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust will accept the authentication of affidavits through DocuSign or similar Trust authorized electronic signature program during the period from March 20, 2020 through June 18, 2020, provided that documentation of the electronic signature history and a certificate from the electronic signature program is submitted with the affidavit. The Trust reserves the right to request supplemental documentation at a later date.

Releases. In light of current guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trustees recognize that some claimants may not have access to a notary or to two unrelated witnesses for the authentication of releases. The Trust may accept the signature of one witness (related or unrelated) as reliable authentication of a release if the release was executed and submitted to the Trust during the period from March 20, 2020 through June 18, 2020. The Trust will also accept releases executed using DocuSign or similar Trust authorized electronic signature program. If the claimant utilizes DocuSign or a similar Trust authorized electronic signature program, documentation of the electronic signature history and a certificate from the electronic signature program must be provided with the release. The Trust reserves the right to request supplemental documentation at a later date.

NARCO: COVID-19 Policy

NOTICE FROM THE NARCO ASBESTOS TRUST
March 27, 2020

In recognition of the hardships resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic, effective March 27, 2020, the NARCO Asbestos Trust adopts the following:

The Trust temporarily suspends any requirement that a document submitted to the Trust be notarized. Documents may be submitted to the Trust without notarization as provided below. The Trust temporarily suspends any requirement that a document be witnessed by more than one person or by a person unrelated to the signatory. Documents may be witnessed by one person who may be a family member.

Provided the claimant’s law firm has entered an electronic filer agreement with the Trust and CRMC, the Trust will accept documents signed by DocuSign or by another commercially reasonable e-signature program. Claimants’ law firms should coordinate submission of documents signed by DocuSign or by another commercially reasonable e-signature program with CRMC.

Deadlines imposed by the TDP, Trust policy or procedures are tolled for 90 days from March 23, 2020, subject to further extension by notice from the Trust. The Trust will assess whether to extend the tolled time period before the end of the 90 days.

These provisions will apply until further notice from the Trust. The Trust may prospectively revert to its prior policies and may subsequently require that the original signatures be obtained for documents submitted with electronic signatures.

NARCO Trust COVID-19 Policy PDF

Manville: Updated Release Document

The Manville Trust has added language to the release document so it only needs to be signed by the injured party or representative. If you would like to secure an updated release for clients based on this change, please provide a list of claimids in excel to inquiry@claimsres.com and we will let you know once the updated release document(s) may be printed from eClaims.

Manville: MV Trust COVID-19 Policies

Policy Changes – COVID 2019

Temporary Policy Changes Regarding (a) Release Signatures and (b) Enforcement of Time Limitations

The Manville Trust’s current policy is that a release must be signed by the injured party or personal representative and notarized by a notary or witnessed by two individuals not related by blood or marriage.

The Trustees of the Manville Trust are aware that these are difficult and unusual times.  Some filers may not be able to meet the requirements for certain Trust claims due to illness, quarantine or shelter in place orders. Therefore, for the next 120 days from the date of this notice or until further notice by the Trust, whichever occurs later, the following temporary policies will be in place.

  • A release document may be signed by the Injured Party or Personal Representative (when the injured party is deceased) and one witness who may be related by blood or marriage.
  • The timeframe for responding to notices of offer, deficiency, deactivation, and withdrawal has been tolled.
  • The statute of limitations period for filing a claim is tolled.

These policy changes are the result of the current pandemic crisis and are designed to provide temporary measures to assure claimants that claims handling will continue during the crisis.

Permanent Policy Changes Regarding Electronic Signatures:

  • The Trust will accept any document requiring a signature that has been signed utilizing DocuSign or other electronic signature software provided the law firm has an electronic filer agreement on file with CRMC.
  • The Trust is adding language at the end of the release so that the release need not be notarized or witnessed. A notice will be sent once this change is in place.

e-Claims Enhancements 03-03-2020

CRMC rolled out a bulk actions tool which allows users to perform an action for a list of claimIDs if their security allows for that action. This new feature hangs from the Claims tab and is labeled Bulk Actions. The actions that can be performed include: accept offers, reactivate and accept last offer, reactivate and elect re-review, withdraw or delete, remove claim from deferral, defer a claim, and elect recategorization. Permissions are based on the law firm user’s permissions for the particular Trust and the Trust’s requirements according to their individual TDP’s.  The eClaims user guide has been updated and walks through this new feature in detail.