Three members of Congress and 25 states pushed the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a controversial corporate tactic used in mass tort bankruptcies called a “Texas two-step” merger.

In an amicus brief, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, and Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, insisted that Congress did not intend for wealthy corporations to avert tort liabilities by creating new subsidiaries through a “Texas two-step” merger that would then file for bankruptcy.