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The Trail Leads to Washington

Are lawsuits out of control? Just ask Mike Lampe, a small town lawyer in California: Filmmaker Paul Johnson did.

Johnson was the guest of honor at a private screening of his upcoming film “Unsettled” at P.J. Clarke’s in downtown Washington, DC. His previous films include “Benched: The Corporate Takeover of the Judiciary.”

The documentary unravels hostile and frivolous lawsuits. In this case, it centers on those brought against businesses for asbestos. Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos had been used widely in many industries and often in homes and schools as fire retardants, but banned in the late 70’s when it discovered the backlash disease called mesothelioma.