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MI Senate votes to lift drug company immunity from lawsuits

Rick Pluta
Senator Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) says repealing sweeping drug company immunity in Michigan is “a moral responsibility.”

The Michigan Senate voted today (WED) for a bill to lift Michigan’s sweeping immunity that protects drug companies against product liability lawsuits.

Democratic Senator Jeff Irwin is the bill sponsor. He says Michigan is the only state to offer this level of legal protection to pharmaceutical companies.

“And I think we have a moral responsibility to say, no, we are going to stand up for our people and when folks harm them through negligence, there has to be a path of accountability.”

Irwin says the immunity law has also failed in its purpose of encouraging drug companies to locate in Michigan. Support for the repeal was bipartisan – although eight Republicans voted no.

The Senate GOP leader says this bill is a giveaway to trial lawyers.
The bill now goes to the state House.

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