WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - At a House subcommittee hearing on legislation concerning asbestos bankruptcy trusts, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen on Thursday referred to plaintiffs attorneys who contacted him about the illness of his friend as "parasites."

Cohen -- a Democrat from Tennessee and the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative law -- recounted the story of the death of his friend, singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, from mesothelioma.

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