ATRA President Tiger Joyce penned an op-ed for Law360 on the surge of COVID-19-related lawsuits targeting the insurance industry.
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 praises the passage of HB 6030 in Michigan, enacting COVID-19 liability protections.
ATRA’s statement on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s ruling in Hammons v. Ethicon to allow an out-of-state lawsuit to continue, openly defying SCOTUS precedent.
Amanda Bronstad with Law.com writes about the potential repercussions if the 2019 $465 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson stands.
ATRA files amicus brief in support of Johnson & Johnson’s decision to appeal a 2019 $465 million judgment against the company, warning against the state attorney general’s expansive use of public nuisance law.