Innocent Sellers Fairness Act Reintroduced in Congress

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) has reintroduced the "Innocent Sellers Fairness Act," which would provide product liability protection to businesses that sell products but do not manufacture them. According to a 2010 study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal reform, small businesses shoulder 81 percent of business tort liability costs. These costs have caused many building materials distributors to settle, regardless of wrongdoing or the merits of the case. As liability is imposed without wrongdoing on sellers, they are exposed to all damages suffered by a plaintiff. The bill would protect businesses who from defects they did not create and mistakes they did not make.

From "Innocent Sellers Fairness Act Reintroduced in Congress"
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (07/22/13)

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