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NC Senate OKs Liability Lawsuits Bill

From Associated Press (June 15, 2011)

RALEIGH, N.C -- A bill that provides protection from product liability lawsuits for manufacturers appears to face easier passage now that the North Carolina Senate has removed immunity for pharmaceutical companies.

The Senate voted 43-5 Tuesday to tentatively approve the measure after deleting language that would have given drug companies immunity from lawsuits if the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for sale. The proposal returns to the state House to see if lawmakers there approve with the Senate changes.

Attorney General Roy Cooper warned such a liability restriction would make it more difficult his office to take actions against drug companies that could result in monetary payments for the state.

The bill's original version would have granted protection to any product that a government agency had approved.

Posted: June 2011