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State House votes to repeal drug law

The state House approved legislation recently that would repeal a law that shields drug companies from product liability lawsuits involving drugs that have been approved by the FDA. The Democratic-backed bill, which passed 70-39, now heads to the Republican-led Senate, where it may face a cooler reception. The law in question dates back to 1996 and deprives Michigan residents of justice while it shields drug companies against product liability lawsuits from state residents seeking damages from side effects of prescription drugs.

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