The state’s trial lawyers are buying a TV ad critical of Rep. William Brisson’s support of a bill last year that would have given broad protection to pharmaceutical companies against product liability lawsuits.
Brisson, who represents Bladen and Cumberland counties, is one of five conservative Democrats who bucked their party on a number of issues last year. Brisson was one of the primary sponsors of the drug-maker protection bill, although that provision was eventually stripped from the bill.
A Senate judiciary subcommittee is considering resurrecting that protection.
The TV ad by N.C. Advocates for Justice singles out Brisson:
“Should politicians give pharmaceutical corporations immunity when they sell harmful drugs? Representative William Brisson says yes. He took political contributions from pharmaceutical corporations and voted to give those corporations immunity. Immunity from personal responsibility. That’s wrong. Everybody should be accountable for their actions.”
Brisson has a Democratic challenger in the primary, but none in the general election.