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NC Governor Signs Law On Groundwater Contamination

RALEIGH, N.C. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed legislation that lawmakers and litigants over water contamination in Asheville and at Camp Lejeune hope will let them keep fighting for damages despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them.


McCrory said Friday he had signed into law a bill that seeks to clarify time limits for filing personal injury lawsuits in state courts.


The Supreme Court last week cited the limit when ruling Asheville residents couldn't sue a nearby electroplating business for contamination that ended in the 1980s. U.S. Justice Department attorneys then asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit blaming contaminated tap water at Camp Lejeune, citing the Asheville ruling.


The law tries to clarify that the 10-year "statute of repose" wasn't meant to apply to groundwater contamination cases.


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