Georgia's Gov. Perdue Wades Back Into Tort Reform

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed a legislative package aimed at reducing lawsuits that he calls frivolous.

The measures would stick plaintiffs who sue companies with the legal fees if their lawsuits are dismissed early in the process.

They would make it more difficult for lawyers to file lawsuits against bio-tech companies with ties to Georgia.

The measures threaten to reopen a bitter debate that erupted the last time Georgia politicians considered vast changes to the legal system.

The rancorous battle over medical malpractice rules four years ago galvanized doctors and lawyers across the state.

Perdue aides say the bills would entice new companies to move to Georgia while protecting them from a slew of claims. But trial lawyers say such lawsuits help regulate the bio-tech industry.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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