Pilgrim's Pride Claims Immunity From COVID-19 Death Suits

By Katie Buehler (July 12, 2021, 4:51 PM EDT) -- Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has told a Texas federal judge it's immune from a lawsuit over the COVID-19 deaths of an employee and the spouse of another worker, citing a new state law that limits liability in coronavirus-related cases.

The Colorado-based meat and poultry product company moved Friday to toss the April lawsuit by Sybil Elijah and Rayford Brown on behalf of their deceased spouses, arguing the suit is barred by the Pandemic Liability Protection Act, which was signed into law in June by Gov. Greg Abbott and is retroactive to lawsuits filed on or after March 13, 2020.

The act allows...

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