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Congressman Farenthold Introduces Innocent Sellers Act

Posted By Peter Coetzee, Friday, July 14, 2017

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds the reintroduction yesterday in the House of Representatives of the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1118). Sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), the legislation provides product liability protection in certain circumstances for wholesalers and retailers - such  as lumber dealers - that merely sell products, and do not manufacture or alter them. Reps. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) are original cosponsors of the bill. Unfair and unfounded lawsuits disproportionately affect small business. According to a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, small businesses bear 81 percent of business tort liability costs. The legislation addresses this problem faced by lumber dealers. While state reforms have helped, a federal solution is important to ensure uniformity for suppliers who often operate in multiple states.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release.

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