NPES Urges Action: House to Vote on 12-year Statute of Repose
WASHINGTON, DC—September 26, 2006—A vote by the United Stares House of Representatives on H.R. 3509 The Workplace Goods Job Growth and Competitiveness Act of 2005 is imminent. H. R. 3509 is a vitally needed equitable solution that will substantially reduce the burden of unfair and costly lawsuits against NPES members and other manufacturers and sellers of workplace durable goods. The legislation accomplishes this by establishing a national uniform 12‑year statute of repose that states that no civil action may be filed against the manufacturer or seller of a durable good for damages to property and/or personal injury allegedly caused by that durable good if the damage to property and/or personal injury occurred more that 12 years after the date on which the durable good was delivered to its first purchaser or lessee, and the claimant is eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation. The latter point insures that no injured worker will be without a remedy.
We now urge you to contact your representative and ask that they strengthen the U. S. manufacturing sector by Supporting H.R. 3509 the Workplace Goods Job Growth and Competitiveness Act of 2005 without amendments
Since time is of the essence before Congress recesses on September 29 for the fall elections, please contact your representative today. To make this process easier NPES has established a special web site for this purpose. Simply click on the following link http://www.bipac.net/issue_alert.asp?g=NPES&issue=hr3509&parent=NPES to access the site and follow the instructions. You will find a letter that NPES has sent to all members of the House of Representatives. We encourage you to personalize the letter to reflect your own company’s experience and views, or you may simply send the sample letter if you wish.
We commend Congressman Steve Chabot for leading this reform effort, and especially thank Representatives Henry Hyde, Howard Coble, Mark Green, Ray LaHood, and Virginia Foxx for co-sponsoring the legislation. We also thank and commend Judiciary Committee Chairman Congressman James Sensenbrenner for his leadership and support.