Alabama Attorney General joins 21 states urging Congress to enact COVID-19 liability protections

May 13, 2020 – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has joined 20 other state attorney generals to ask Congress to enact liability protections from frivolous Covid-19 related lawsuits.

Marshall, along with 20 other AG’s, sent a letter on May 11 to Congressional leaders describing legal ramifications.

The letter states: in the wake of this unprecedented crisis, the extension of appropriate post-pandemic liability protections is needed at both the state and federal levels for businesses, manufacturers of personal protective equipment, first responders, healthcare workers, healthcare facilities and members of law enforcement, among others.

On May 8, Governor Kay Ivey issued a proclamation to shield healthcare providers and businesses from potential liability related to COVID-19.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to create a surge in civil litigation targeting well-intentioned businesses for taking pandemic mitigation measures; therefore, this country is in need of a common-sense framework to provide liability protections for much-needed goods and services while still ensuring victims are able to seek legal redress and compensation where appropriate,” the Attorneys General told Congress.

In addition to Alabama, the letter is signed by the Attorneys General of Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

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