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Product Seller Liability Reform

Legislative Issue Update - January 2008

[updated January 2008]

In February 2007, Representative Dan Boren (D-OK-2) introduced H.R. 989, the “Innocent Sellers Fairness Act,” which proposes a uniform negligence-based standard of product liability for product sellers. H.R. 989 is cosponsored by 55 Members, 54 Republicans (led by Representative Steve Chabot, R-OH-1) and one Democrat. The measure has been referred to the Judiciary Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee and, in the latter, to its Consumer Protection Subcommittee.

NAW supports the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act; however, action in the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress is considered unlikely.