Congress Looks at Possibility of New Liability Protections

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reportedly said in a joint statement on Friday, May 1, that future coronavirus recovery legislation should including liability protections related to exposure to the virus.

Stakeholders, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have raised the alarm over the possibility of exposure-related lawsuits that be brought against businesses, especially once the economy is reopened. The core component of claims is that a customer, employee, member of the public, etc. were exposed to COVID-19 in a business or as the result of a business’s particular action or failure to act, and then that claimant became sick.

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