Texas COVID-19 Biz Immunity Law Cooks Tyson Workers' Suit

By Craig Clough (September 23, 2021, 5:00 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge has tossed a suit accusing Tyson Foods Inc. of exposing and causing the COVID-19 infections of plant employees due to the company's failure to provide adequate safety protections, saying a Texas law granting immunity to businesses amid the pandemic applies retroactively to bar the claims.

In dismissing all claims against Tyson with prejudice on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker ruled that 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, applies to the suit. 

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