Today, the Kansas Legislature passed a sweeping coronavirus measure aimed at shielding businesses and healthcare providers from coronavirus-related lawsuits, according to a report in the Associated Press. Shielding businesses from lawsuits is a priority for business groups nationally, with Congress and other states considering it.
“There may be good defenses, but with a class-action lawsuit, the goal is not to get all the way to trial with a jury and a judge. It’s to get past the early phases of the litigation and put the pressure on the defendant to settle,” said Harold Kim, president of the Institute for Legal Reform, an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The immediate concern is the uncertainty. How do you remove this cloud of liability as businesses are trying to reopen?”