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For Immediate Release: December 2, 2011

Scofield and Long Receive Leadership Awards

SCOFIELD AND LONG PRESENTED 2011 LEADERSHIP AWARDS
FOR THEIR ROLES IN TORT REFORM MEASURES

Guntersville, AL -  This week the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee honored two freshman legislators from Marshall County for their role in passing important tort reform bills.  During the 2011 Regular Session, the Alabama Legislature enacted four tort reform measures advocated by ACJRC.  Two of the bills in that package were sponsored by local lawmakers. 

Representative Wes Long was the primary sponsor of HB251, The Alabama Small Business Protection Act.  This bill protects Alabama retailers from lawsuits aimed at product manufacturers rather than product sellers.

Senator Clay Scofield was the primary sponsor of SB212, The Wrongful Death Venue Reform.  This bill prohibits the practice of venue shopping in wrongful death actions by mandating that such a suit can be brought only in a county where the deceased could have filed suit.

In presenting the 2011 Leadership Awards at the annual meeting of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee in Montgomery Tuesday night, Chairman Tom Dart said “both Scofield and Long were excellent bill sponsors and worked hard to get our tort reform package passed.”

The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee represents a coalition of more than 100 state business groups and trade associations including the Alabama Retail Association, Home Builders Association, Automobile Dealers Association, the Nursing Home Association, the Trucking Association, the Poultry and Egg Association, Realtors Association, Alabama Road Builders, Manufacture Alabama, the Alabama Medical Association, Alabama Farmers Federation, the Business Council of Alabama and others.  ASJRC works to foster a fair and balanced civil justice system.

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