Here are the relevant paragraphs from the Globe’s story, emphasis mine:
Travelers was fighting to gain permanent immunity from asbestos-related lawsuits by establishing a $500 million trust. The trust would have been divided among current and future victims of asbestos poisoning who had claims against the nation’s largest asbestos manufacturer, Johns-Manville, which had been insured by Travelers before it went bankrupt.
Travelers won most of what it wanted from the Supreme Court, and in doing so Warren helped preserve an element of bankruptcy law that ensured that victims of large-scale corporate malfeasance would have a better chance of getting compensated, even when the responsible companies go bankrupt.
But after Warren left the case, it continued to twist and turn through the legal system, leaving a result that has been disastrous for asbestos victims. Travelers, in part because of its Supreme Court victory, has held onto its immunity from most lawsuits. But a ruling on Feb. 29 in a separate court has taken the company off the hook for paying out the $500 million settlement.
I heard some of Warren on WTKK this morning, and frankly I don’t know if she did as good a job explaining the situation as this.
Stuff is complicated. I don’t think this makes her a corporate stooge by any stretch; she was trying to ensure that victims got paid. Now, that the company decided to try to continue to weasel out of it after her involvement was over, strikes me as not her fault.
I think that’s a fair reading of the evidence.