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Alabama limits aircraft lawsuits

Phillip Rawls, Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama has a new law designed to make sure that Alabama lands Airbus aircraft suppliers rather than its neighboring states.

The Alabama Senate gave final approval to the legislation Thursday and Gov. Robert Bentley quickly signed it into law.

The law limits lawsuits against a plane's manufacturer and suppliers to causes of action arising within 12 years after a plane is delivered.

Bentley says that puts Alabama on a level playing field with nearby states in the competition for suppliers for the Airbus plant being built in Mobile. State officials expect the suppliers to create 3,700 jobs. That's in addition to the 1,000 jobs at the Airbus plant. Ground breaking for the plant is scheduled for Monday.