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NC House considers new liability lawsuit bill

RALEIGH — A push by North Carolina Republicans to change how liability lawsuits are handled against companies and doctors is getting panned by consumer advocates and praised by business lawyers.

A state House committee today heard public reaction to the wide-ranging legislation introduced the day before.

The changes would protect makers of any drug, chemical or consumer product if it were approved by any state or federal government agency.

Personal injury lawyer Janet Ward Black of Greensboro says that would allow the maker of tainted baby food sold in North Carolina to avoid responsibility it would face in any other state.

Product liability defense lawyer Frederick Rom of Raleigh says companies would still be accountable if a product were made faulty or warnings were inadequate.

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