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GCCA joined an extensive list of organizations urging the U.S. Congress to quickly enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The crucial protections requested should safeguard businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, as well as healthcare providers and facilities from unfair lawsuits so that companies can continue to contribute to a safe and effective recovery.
The temporary liability protections requested to be enacted include:
- businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions that work to follow applicable public health guidelines against COVID-19 exposure claims
- healthcare workers and facilities providing critical COVID-19-related care and services
- manufacturers, donors, distributors, and users of vaccines, therapeutics, medical devices, as well as PPE and other supplies (such as hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies) that are critical to the COVID-19 response
- public companies targeted by unfair and opportunistic COVID-19-related securities lawsuits.
In addition to being temporary, these liability protections should be limited in scope and preserve recourse for those harmed by truly bad actors who engage in egregious misconduct.