Much of what Wyomingites buy these days, from dry wall to jewelry to medicines, are made in other countries, where manufacturing standards are sometimes almost non-existent. And holding those foreign manufacturers responsible for defects when there are injuries is next to impossible. However, Congress is expected to take up legislation soon to change that.
Christine Zinner with the American Association for Justice says the proposed Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act would level the playing field by requiring foreign companies to meet standards required a by U.S. agencies.
Zinner says if a Wyomingite is injured by a product made outside the U.S., getting recourse is a extremely difficult.
Zinner adds that surprisingly, few in Congress or in business are expressing opposition to the act, which would also require foreign manufacturers to have agents in the U.S., where legal papers could be served. Initial concerns have focused on how that requirement could increase consumer prices.