Bottle-cap maker Crown Holdings might want to pop the top off a celebratory bottle, after a bill to limit its asbestos liability in Idaho cleared the Senate and headed to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for signature.
The measure cleared the chamber 19-15 on Tuesday, reflecting a strong minority’s reluctance to help it off the legal hook.
The House had approved the bill 47-22 in February.
For years, the Pennsylvania-based company has sought protection from claims filed by lung-disease patients.
Though it has just a handful of claims from Idaho, it also wants protections here from having to make future payments related to its ill-fated purchase of an asbestos-tainted company in 1963.
That’s resulted in $700 million in payouts, with 50,000 claims still pending.
Crown has won protections in 14 states.
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