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In Brief: Product liability bill

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Product liability bill: Senate Commerce Committee reports out the Product Liability Fairness Act (S 565) April 6 without amendment by a 13-6 vote. The legislation was introduced March 15 by Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Slade Gorton (R-WA). While several amendments were expected to be introduced at the mark-up, a number of additional provisions were rolled into the bill at the last minute. The bill was originally introduced by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT). On April 4, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a separate product liability and tort reform bill, the Civil Justice Fairness Act (S 672). Unlike the Gorton/Rockefeller bill, S 672 includes an FDA defense, Hatch said. Both the Hatch and the Gorton/Rockefeller bills limit punitive damage awards to three times the amount awarded to the claimant for economic damages on which the claim is based, or $250,000, whichever is greater...

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