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Bill limits food makers liability

Posted May 15, 2013

— Cities and counties would not be able to ban the sale of sugary drinks under a bill that passed the House Judiciary A Committee late Wednesday.

The measure would also bar lawsuits against food manufacturers and producers based on claims that a product led to weight gain or obesity. 

"Has a lawsuit of this kind ever been filed in North Carolina?" asked Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake.

Bill sponsor Rep. Brian Brown, R-Pitt, said he couldn't speak to suits in North Carolina.

"They have been filed nationwide," he said. "This is a (law) that will be helpful to restrict those types of frivolous lawsuits in the future and really drive home the personal accountability aspects of North Carolina's business-friendly lifestyle."

Ross and other Democrats said North Carolina already has laws to prevent frivolous lawsuits, but Rep. John Blust, R-Guilford, suggested that such "Rule 11 actions" were "toothless."

The restriction on cities has been informally dubbed the "Bloomberg Bill," a reference to the New York mayor who led the push to restrict the sale of large-sized sugary beverages there.

The measure passed committee 8-5. It next goes to the House floor.

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  • FlagWavingFascistCrank May 16, 2013

    This is nothing but pandering to the $arah Palin disciples.....they saw her pull that obnoxious stunt with the Big Gulp at CPAC, and of course they LOVED how their Nut-Queen "Stood up to them libruls in New York City".

    God help us..........

  • sceeter May 15, 2013

    "The measure would also bar lawsuits against food manufacturers and producers based on claims that a product led to weight gain or obesity."

    So... if a food/drink manufacturer states that their product is "low fat" or comprises of "lower" caloric intake and consumers - instead of losing weight, actually gain weight while buying and consuming said supposed "low fat and/or low calorie" food/drink... then as it is reported here... consumers would not have the ability to sue.

  • sisu May 15, 2013

    This bill a silly waste of time, and therefore taxpayers dollars but otherwise I don't care one way or the other. It's silly for people to sue for gaining weight for a food product unless it is touted to have low calories or something and the claims are false.