Limited Liability Legislation May Help Florida Reopen

Law360 (May 19, 2020, 4:57 PM EDT) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled Florida businesses. Although Floridians are eager to resume work, school and recreation, one risk Florida businesses are weighing before reopening is potential liability for transmission of the virus to employees, customers and others.

Legislators are considering enacting new legislation that would shield businesses from liability over COVID-19 lawsuits, provided the businesses follow applicable laws and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance documents.[1] Immunity laws protecting business practices from tort lawsuits have been enacted when necessary to promote important public policies, such as the manufacture of childhood vaccines.[2]

In general, businesses complying with law and...

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