Plaintiffs lawyers who filed silicosis suits on behalf of thousands of clients got their turn before a U.S. House panel investigating the controversy over the mass screening process that led to the filing of many of those cases.

Among the issues covered during the July 26 hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee were allegations that one Houston firm that has claimed not to be involved in asbestosis litigation financed another firm involved in that practice and that a Waco firm paid a screening company only for X-rays showing that the person screened had positive signs of silicosis.

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