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...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!