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.

All: CRMC System Enhancement – Recategorization Option Clarification

CRMC has re-defined the prior Recategoriztion Option on the Offer status page for all Trust clients. You will now have two options:

1) Recategorization – POC needs to be amended or

2) Recategorization – Ready for CRMC Review.

This was previously a two step process where you were required to log your recategorization request and then move the claim forward for processing on the claim page once any claim amendments were complete.

CET: Supplemental Payments

Pursuant to Section 6.2 of the Asbestos Related Claims and Demands Trust Distribution Procedures (“the TDP”), the Trustee has recently completed a re-evaluation of the Payment Percentage.  As a result of this re-evaluation, the Trustee – with the consent of the Trust Advisory Committee and the Legal Representative – has decided to increase the Payment Percentage from 35% to 50%.

The Trustee has also decided that this increase in the Payment Percentage is to be applied to all post-bankruptcy claims which were previously paid by the Trust at a lower rate.  The Trust has adopted policies and procedures requiring each previously paid claimant or the claimant’s counsel to affirmatively accept the supplemental payment before a check will be issued.   Please refer to the “Supplemental Payment Policies and Procedures” memo posted on the Documents page of the website  for further details.

CET: Supplemental Payments

The Trust has decided to extend the deadline for responses to the supplemental payments as referred to in the “Supplemental Payment Policies and Procedures – 2015” memo posted on the document Page of the Website. The updated response deadline has been changed from October 31, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

CET: eFiler

Effective April 28, 2016, the C.E. Thurston & Sons Absestos Trust will no longer offer its “E-file” electronic filing option. All eClaims users currently using E-filing will be converted to hybrid filing (“H-filing”), which still permits electronic filing of claimant information. Using H-filing, users may complete the claim form electronically online and upload any required documents, just as with E-filing. The difference is that, using H-filing, a CRMC Claim Review Analyst will run the CDT valuation program in every case. Please be advised that, particularly in the initial period following this transition, review times will likely increase. However, CRMC has retained additional staff to assist in this effort and will work as quickly as possible to review your claim(s) in a timely manner.

CET: Pro Rata

Pursuant to Section 6.2 of the Asbestos Related Claims and Demands Trust Distribution Procedures (“the TDP”), the Trustee has recently completed a re-evaluation of the Payment Percentage. As a result of this re-evaluation, the Trustee – with the consent of the Trust Advisory Committee and the Legal Representative – has decided to increase the Payment Percentage from 25% to 35%. The Trustee has also decided that this increase in the Payment Percentage is to be applied to all post-bankruptcy claims which were previously paid by the Trust at a lower rate. The Trust has adopted policies and procedures requiring each previously paid claimant or the claimant’s counsel to affirmatively accept the supplemental payment before a check will be issued. Please refer to the “Supplemental Payment Policies and Procedures – 2015” memo posted on the Documents page of the website (http://www.claimsres.com/documents/c-e-thurston/) for further details.