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May 8, 2020

Washington Post Columnist Marc Thiessen Calls For Congress To Protect Reopened Businesses From A Lawsuit Pandemic

As we restart the economy, U.S. businesses that survived the coronavirus shutdown could face a lawsuit pandemic, according to a column written by Marc A. Thiessen that ran in The Washington Post.

In the column, Thiessen cites ILR’s recent poll, which shows that 82 percent of Americans agree that when restaurants, stores, and other businesses are allowed to open again they should be not be “sued by people who claim they contracted the coronavirus at that place of business unless the business was grossly negligent.”

“When the government first asked businesses to shut down, Congress helped them mitigate the economic risk by passing more than $2.6 trillion in economic support,” Thiessen writes. “Now that we are asking them to reopen, it makes sense to help them mitigate the legal risk by offering them limited protection against frivolous lawsuits that will expire when the danger passes.”

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