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Texas legislators pass reform bill.

Despite complaints from consumer advocate Ralph Nader, the Texas legislature has approved two legal reform bills aimed at reining in the state's reputation for huge jury awards.

One law would exempt certain industries, including alcohol and tobacco, from product defect suits altogether, and provides broad exemptions from suits against other industries, including firearms manufacturers.

Lawyers and lobbyists for manufacturers say the bills should help deter frivolous claims and help reverse the state's reputation as a pro-plaintiff forum for lawsuits.

The reform is expected to bring relief to several sectors of the business community, such as store owners, who would be protected from product defect suits because manufacturers would be required to indemnify them in defect damage awards.
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Title Annotation:two legal reform bills
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Mar 8, 1993
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