ATRA supports the SAFE TO WORK Act as part of the Senate’s HEALS Act legislative package for coronavirus relief.
Carmichael says legislation to protect essential businesses, workers being drafted
West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael says legislation is being drafted to ensure liability protections to protect small business owners and workers, especially health care workers who are protecting our state’s citizens amid the Coronavirus pandemic, writes Chris Dickerson of the West Virginia Record.
The American Tort Reform Association praised Carmichael’s efforts.
“ATRA supports legislative action to protect health care workers and other businesses from Coronavirus-related liability and applauds Senate President Carmichael’s leadership on this critical issue,” ATRA President Tiger Joyce said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing legislation in West Virginia to protect front line workers and businesses from lawsuits.
“As businesses reopen, they should be able to stay open and not be ruined by predatory lawsuits looking to take advantage of a crisis.”
Joyce said ATRA supports legislation that allows health care workers to fight Coronavirus to the best of their abilities each day without fear of legal repercussions. He said legislation also should establish clear guidelines regarding liability for businesses that reopen as well as protections for businesses that have shifted their manufacturing facilities to make essential products.
ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes about the American Law Institute’s diversion from its original mission in this opinion editorial for Law360.
ATRA President says COVID-19 statutes reflect a broader perspective than lawsuit shields as they are enacted by lawmakers, not just a single governor.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed into law reforms to the state’s punitive damages system, writes John Breslin for the St. Louis Record.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed S.B. 591 to amend Missouri’s consumer protection act and the state’s punitive damages system.
Federal Judge William Shubb ruled that due to insufficient evidence, California cannot require glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup to be labeled as “known to the state of California to cause cancer.”
ATRA cited in an opinion editorial by John DeMaggio for The Hill regarding potential lawsuit abuse in the wake of COVID-19.
ATRA thanks Gov. Kim Reynolds for signing and the Iowa legislature for passing S.F. 2338, providing COVID-19 liability protections and reforming phantom damages in Iowa.
ATRA urges the Pennsylvania legislature to enact liability protections for critical industries like healthcare providers, PPE manufacturers and small businesses.
ATRA encourages the Louisiana State Senate to pass and Gov. John Bel Edwards to sign H.B. 57 to help reduce auto insurance rates.