NC lawmakers change groundwater litigation limits

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

The General Assembly has received final approval to clarify a law on time limits for filing personal injury lawsuits in North Carolina courts.

The bill could help tainted water litigation continue for Asheville homeowners and former Camp Lejeune residents.

The proposed change was given unanimous support Wednesday by the Senate and now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. It already passed the House.

The legislation tweaks a prohibition on lawsuits brought more than 10 years after the last alleged damage occurred. The proposal tries to make clear the "statute of repose" shouldn't be interpreted as barring personal-injury cases involving groundwater contamination after that time.

The U.S. 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.