As if a ghost from the past has reawakened, property/casualty insurers are again confronting a huge potential wave of asbestos claims.Indeed, the recent moves by Ace Ltd. to boost its asbestos reserves by $1.9 billion, following Travelers Property Casualty Corp.'s decision to add almost $2.5 billion to its asbestos reserves, has caught both credit agencies and financial analysts off guard.

To deal with the situation, the industry is lobbying Congress for legislative relief that will give them and industry investors certainty about the cost and duration of this problem.

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