Security device makers want shield from lawsuits

Thursday, 11 July 2002, 12:25 AM EST

The companies making new homeland security devices, such as bomb detectors and biological weapon alarms, want the government to pick up the tab if their products fail and they are sued.

And in the midst of an aggressive lobbying blitz, they have found a key ally in Congress.

Rep. Tom Davis, the fourth ranking Republican in the House and head of a key subcommittee on technology and federal contracting, plans to have the provision attached to the Homeland Security authorization bill making its way through Congress.

His amendment would indemnify defense and technology contractors who make the devices so that the government would pick up the tab for any liability judgments that exceed the contractor's insurance coverage.

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