Lawmakers in Michigan are looking to help protect businesses from potential unfair COVID-19 exposure and product liability lawsuits, according to a report by WILX.
“It’s kinda the Wild West. There’s not really any restrictions at all. What we’re trying to do is just have some reasonable expectations going forward,” Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Kent County) said. “What we don’t want to have happen is that everybody who is following the letter of the law, doing everything they can–We don’t want them to essentially be punished and lose everything despite the fact that they made all these investments and they’re taking this great interest in protecting people.”
Under the COVID-19 Response and Reopening Liability Assurance Act, a business would not be held liable if they are following state and federal guidelines.
“Our members said straight away that they were really concerned about it being undefined in terms of what the liability risk is,” said Brian Calley, President of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “Even when you win, you still lose because the time and expense of defending yourself. So that’s one thing to understand with small businesses they don’t have teams of lawyers at their beck and call.”