Is there a ‘wave of COVID-19’ lawsuits coming?

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Posted May 21, 2020 at 1:04pm

Senate Republicans are warning of a “wave of COVID-19-related lawsuits” against hospitals and businesses as they begin to reopen. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is crafting a bill to curb plaintiffs’ ability to sue for coronavirus-related issues, protecting businesses against what President Donald Trump calls “frivolous litigation.”

Consumer groups say that’s a red herring and that business groups’ goals are similar to those behind long-sought “tort reform.” See the video for CQ Roll Call health care reporter Emily Kopp’s breakdown of the state of play for liability protections.

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