Change in NC law could help tainted water lawsuits move forward

06/19/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

North Carolina – Recently granted approval for clarifying a measure concerning time limits on North Carolina personal injury lawsuits could help continue litigation over tainted water for Asheville homeowners. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the General Assembly received final approval for the change on Wednesday.

Gov. Pat McCrory is next in line to approve the measure that has now been passed by the House and the Senate. The change attempts to clarify the “statute of repose,” so that it is not interpreted as prohibiting personal injury cases that involve the contamination of groundwater over 10 years following the last occurrence of damage.

As noted by the AP, the limit was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in a ruling over complaints from Asheville residents from an electroplating business over contamination that ended in the 1980s.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – North Carolina Legal News

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