From the Morning Memo:

A major test for the power of the trial lawyers in Albany is coming up at the end of the legislative session with a push for a ill that seeks to end the practice of “double dipping” for recovering funds in asbestos-related injury lawsuits.

The measure is designed to end contradictory claims in different court settings that pop up for the same asbestos cases by placing new filing requirements on attorneys.

“I’m pleased to sponsor this bi-partisan bill in the Senate because I know it will promote transparency and accountability in the state’s asbestos litigation law,” said Sen. John Bonacic, the Republican who backs the bill in the state Senate.

The measure — which enjoys support from majority lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate — seeks to require anyone who has field a civil case in asbestos related illness complaints to file bankruptcy claims within 45 days.

By placing those requirements, the measure aimes to discourage attorneys from falsifying disclosure of their clients’ history of exposure.

In the Assembly, the bill is backed by Queens Democratic Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas.

“Transparency and fairness in the civil justice system are important for everyone,” she said. “I look forward to an open dialogue regarding these issues with all stakeholders.”