Republican Attorneys General Urge Congress to Protect Businesses from COVID-19-Related Civil Liability

  • A group of 21 Republican AGs, led by Georgia AG Chris Carr, sent a letter to Congress urging it to enact specific federal liability protections for goods and services to reduce the threat of frivolous COVID-19-related litigation.
  • In their letter, the AGs argued that there is a need for a stable and predictable legal environment as the country begins to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that without liability protections, the pandemic will likely result in a surge of litigation targeting well-meaning businesses over the COVID-19 mitigation steps they take. The AGs pointed out that 23 states have already enacted liability protections for first responders and healthcare workers.
  • The AGs noted that the federal civil liability protections should not be extended to businesses that engage in willful misconduct or the reckless or intentional infliction of harm.