Five months before the world's life-science leaders gather in his state for this year's Biotechnology Industry Organization international convention, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has introduced legislation that would shield drug and device makers from product liability claims filed under the state's tort laws.

Perdue's proposal would protect those companies with a significant presence in Georgia from liability under the state tort law for claims involving products tested and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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