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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 10, 1995

Statement by the Press Secretary

The Senate-passed product liability bill is a clear improvement on the extreme legal reform measures passed by the House. Unfortunately, the legislation in its present form does not go far enough toward balancing the interests of consumers with those of manufacturers and sellers.

The Senate approach on punitive damages is an improvement on an absolute cap, but it still has flaws. Moreover, the Administration has consistently made clear its opposition to the provision that would make it harder for injured consumers to recover their full damages in cases involving more than one culpable defendant.

President Clinton supports balanced legal reform and will work with a House-Senate conference to address these and other concerns.