Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not bring up a coronavirus aid bill in the Senate unless it includes liability protection for businesses but there’s no evidence that unjustified lawsuits are being filed.
“We’re not negotiating over liability protection,” he said as Republicans and Democrats worked to strike an agreement on another pandemic relief law.
Democrats have generally opposed legal immunity for businesses, since they leave victims unable to get relief for injuries and costs caused by profiteering and carelessness.
McConnell also wants the $1.75 billion in funding for a new FBI headquarters in downtown Washington removed from the GOP’s coronavirus relief package.
At least 25 states have granted COVID-19 liability protections for health care workers, hospitals and nursing home facilities or businesses either through executive orders or state laws.
When nobody can be held accountable for dangerous actions and shoddy practices, the public is unsafe and victims are unfairly left to suffer from the behavior of others.
“The corporations and businesses pushing for immunity from COVID-19 claims would never, ever tolerate immunities or limitations that hindered their ability to sue other corporations for COVID-19-related claims or for any other claims,” said Quentin Brogdon, a Texas lawyer.
“Yet, these same corporations and businesses seek immunities that deprive their employees, patients, residents and customers of any ability to hold them accountable in a court of law,” said Brogdon, who asked: “Is the push for immunity from COVID-19 claims borne out a belief that jurors won’t do the right thing, or is it perhaps borne out of an understanding that jurors will do the right thing?”
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