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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XLV
Chapter 774
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F.S. 774.002
774.002 Definitions.
(1) “Asbestos claim” means any claim, wherever or whenever made, for damages, losses, indemnification, contribution, or other relief arising out of, based on, or in any way related to asbestos, including:
(a) The health effects of exposure to asbestos, including any claim for:
1. Personal injury or death;
2. Mental or emotional injury;
3. Risk of disease or other injury; or
4. The costs of medical monitoring or surveillance, to the extent these claims are recognized under state law;
(b) Any claim made by or on behalf of a person exposed to asbestos, or a representative, spouse, parent, child, or other relative of the person; and
(c) Any claim for damage or loss caused by the installation, presence, or removal of asbestos.
(2) “Corporation” means a corporation for profit, including a domestic corporation organized under the laws of this state, or a foreign corporation organized under laws other than the laws of this state.
(3) “Successor” means a corporation that assumes or incurs, or has assumed or incurred, successor asbestos-related liabilities.
(4) “Successor asbestos-related liabilities” means any liabilities, whether known or unknown, asserted or unasserted, absolute or contingent, accrued or unaccrued, liquidated or unliquidated, or due or to become due, which are related in any way to asbestos claims and were assumed or incurred by a corporation as a result of or in connection with a merger or consolidation, or the plan of merger or consolidation related to the merger or consolidation, with or into another corporation, or which are related in any way to asbestos claims based on the exercise of control or the ownership of stock of the corporation before the merger or consolidation. The term includes liabilities that, after the time of the merger or consolidation for which the fair market value of total gross assets is determined under s. 774.004 were or are paid or otherwise discharged, or committed to be paid or otherwise discharged, by or on behalf of the corporation, or by a successor of the corporation, or by or on behalf of a transferor, in connection with settlements, judgments, or other discharges in this state or another jurisdiction.
(5) “Transferor” means a corporation from which successor asbestos-related liabilities are or were assumed or incurred.
History.s. 2, ch. 2005-269.