Senate gives nods to bills on school bus cameras, e-cigarette liquid, foreign judgments
A bill purporting to protect North Carolina companies from judgments levied in foreign courts was among several notable measures the state Senate passed or gave tentative approval to on Wednesday.Posted — Updated
"It says North Carolina is open for business, and we're going to protect you against foreign governments who might come here and violate our laws," said Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth. Her bill now heads to the House.
"Why do we need a law to keep foreign countries from doing something unconstitutional?" asked Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon.
Sen. Buck Newton, R-Wilson, responded that the measure would combat "a disturbing trend" in foreign counties of opening companies to lawsuits in ways that would not be allowed here. Winners of those suits can then ask North Carolina courts to enforce the judgments.
"This change simply clarifies under what conditions their judgments would be allowed here in North Carolina," Newton said.
During a committee hearing earlier this week, Krawiec said the bill was specifically aimed a protecting tobacco company R.J. Reynolds from a lawsuit pending before the Canadian courts.
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