For Immediate Release: June 2, 2011
Long Moves Product Liability Tort Reform to Passage
MONTGOMERY – June 2, 2011 – Rep. Wes Long, R-Guntersville, successfully fended off opponents on Tuesday, May 31, to shepherd product liability reform through the Alabama House of Representatives to final passage.
The Alabama House voted Tuesday to approve SB 184 by Sen. Ben Brooks, R- Mobile, which restricts product liability lawsuits to the makers of a hazardous product. The bill prohibits such suits against retailers, wholesalers and distributors who merely sold a product that somehow caused the owner harm. Long sponsored HB 251, the House companion to Brook’s bill and handled the Senate bill when it reached the House floor Tuesday
The bill known as the Alabama Small Business Protection Act was part of a four-bill tort reform package, which the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee (ACJRC) and the Alabama Retail Association as a member of that coalition has sought since 1999.
“Rep. Long is to be commended for passing a tort reform bill that will help protect jobs and foster future economic development in Alabama,” said Tom Dart, Chairman of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee.
Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to sign the bill into law.
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