A new document has been added regarding the initial processing of Manville claims with foreign (non-U.S. or non-Canadian) exposure.
The Manville Trust changed its policy with respect to requiring a SSN for claimants exposed in the United States. This position was based on a legal opinion that individuals without SSN’s who were exposed to Johns-Manville asbestos in the United States may file a claim against the Trust. This can occur in unusual instances, such as when a claimant is a foreign citizen who worked temporarily in the United States. Claimants in such circumstances are subject to increased evidentiary requirements to support their asbestos exposure allegations. If you are an electronic filer you will receive a notice via the message board indicating that a MV-Exposure Document is required. Examples of evidence that would be sufficient for meeting this requirement would include: work history records, deposition materials, affidavits, etc. Furthermore, claimant duplicate checking continues using the claimant’s first name, middle initial, last name and date of birth.
An updated version of the Manville Trust release forms are now available. The updated forms have been posted on the Manville Documents Tab R.
The Manville Trust 2002 TDP claim form has been revised to include a new occupation code of environmental bystander. Please review the occupation definition before using this new code. The revised Occupation Definitions 2002 TDP has been posted.
An updated version of the Manville Trust claim form is now available. The main change to the form is that additional exposure information is required for bystanders. This has been posted on the Manville Documents Tab P.
An updated version of the Manville Trust SOE affidavits are now available. The exposure section has been updated to capture some additional information. This has been posted on the Manville Documents Tab S.
New 1995 and 2002 Manville TDP Release forms at 7.5% payment have been posted on the Manville Documents Tab R.
***IMPORTANT NOTICE- MANVILLE TRUST ***
The Trustees of the Manville Trust, with the concurrence of the Selected Counsel for the Beneficiaries (“SCB”) and the Legal Representative of Future Claimants (“Legal Representative”), have approved effective immediately, an increase in the pro rata payment percentage from 5% to 7.5%. On Monday, March 10th, changes were implemented to e-Claims that will: (1) automatically set the pro rata payment percentage to 7.5% for all future offers and (2) re-issue outstanding offers at 7.5%. In addition, we will identify claims by law firm that are eligible for a retroactive supplemental payment adjustment of 2.5%. Procedures adopted by the Trustees, with the concurrence of the SCB and the Legal Representative, regarding retroactive supplemental payments has been posted on the Manville Documents Tab R.