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In Brief: Product liability

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Product liability: NDMA reiterates support for "FDA defense" language in the Senate product liability bill in a July 31 statement submitted for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The FDA defense clause provides that punitive damages will not be awarded in cases involving products approved by FDA, which NDMA said "will discourage unmeritorious lawsuits, facilitate settlements and encourage manufacturers to continue to develop and market beneficial products." The product liability bill is likely not to reach legislative conference until next year ("The Tan Sheet" July 31, p. 21)...
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