The Associated Builders and Contractors has joined more than 200 trade groups in a letter to lawmakers calling on Congress to quickly enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation related to the COVID-19. In an effort spearheaded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the letter urges Congress to enact temporary liability protections for:
- Businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions that work to follow applicable public health guidelines against COVID-19 exposure claims;
- Healthcare workers and facilities providing critical COVID-19-related care and services;
- Manufacturers, donors, distributors, and users of vaccines, therapeutics, medical devices, as well as PPE and other supplies (such as hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies) that are critical to the COVID-19 response; and
- Public companies targeted by unfair and opportunistic COVID-19-related securities lawsuits. In addition to being temporary, we believe that these liability protections should be limited in scope and preserve recourse for those harmed by truly bad actors who engage in egregious misconduct.