USM: Claim Processor

United States Mineral Products Company Asbestos PI Settlement Trust

Notice of Temporary Suspension of Claims Filing

The United States Mineral Products Company Asbestos PI Settlement Trust (the “Trust”) will be temporarily suspending claim filing and processing (for both new and previously-filed claims) on January 1, 2020. The Trust is switching to a new claims processing facility.

December 31, 2019 is the last day the Trust will be accepting claims through CRMC. 

The Trust’s new claims processing facility is Verus LLC. Verus will begin processing Trust claims on or before March 31, 2020. The Trust will give notice to claimants and claimants’ counsel at least two weeks prior to the resumption of claims filing and processing of the details on how to file both new Trust claims and material relating to previously-filed claims with Verus.  

The statute of limitations for all Trust claims with a statute deadline between January 1 and March 31, 2020 will be extended until June 30, 2020. All deadlines for responses to deficiency notifications or acceptance of offers during this period will also be extended until June 30, 2020. 

After January 1, 2020, please consult the Trust’s new website at
www.usmineraltrust.com for updates and additional resources.

USM: Pro Rata

The payment percentage for the USM Trust was updated to 30% on January 1.  Any claim paid on or after that date will be assigned the new payment percentage. Once details are in place regarding potential supplemental payments a notification will be sent.

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 and 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.

USM: E-Filer

Effective immediately, the US Mineral Trust will no longer offer its “E-file” electronic filing option. All eClaims users currently using E-filing have been 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.