For Asbestos Victims: $3 Billion

It was a decade in coming, but Fibreboard and its insurers seem ready to resolve the manufacturer's asbestos-litigation woes. The company announced on Aug. 30 that CNA Financial and Chubb had agreed tentatively to put aside $3 billion to pay for all pending and future claims brought against Fibreboard by victims of asbestos injuries. The settlement creates one of the largest single funds for asbestos victims in U.S. history.

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