The North Carolina General Assembly will be debating an important bill (HB 542) that will help create jobs in North Carolina, by reforming our legal system.
A states legal climate can be a major inducement or a major deterrent to business investment, growth, and job creation. It is one factor among several key ones that businesses consider when making decisions about where to expand existing operations or to locate new facilities. House Bill 542 makes important, balanced changes to NCs civil liability system to provide fairness, predictability, and encourage job creation.
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House Bill 542:
Requires that juries be given accurate information about the medical bills actually paid by a plaintiff or their insurer for medical care received rather than inflated bills.
Establishes requirements for expert witness testimony that will make NC consistent with the requirements in federal courts and the majority of other states. This will make our courts more efficient and fair and help deter frivolous lawsuits.
Provides protection from liability for manufacturers and sellers of a pharmaceutical product if it meets the rigorous approval of the U.S. FDA, unless that approval was obtained by bribery or by withholding or misrepresenting information. This provides certainty and predictability to an important part of NCs economy and will encourage future investment and job creation.
Codifies NC common law to make clear that land owners are not liable for harm to trespassers on their property except in limited situations.