- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - 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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