Coalition Letter on COVID-19 Liability Protections

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 2:30pm

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

            The undersigned organizations urge you to include targeted and temporary liability protections as you consider President Biden’s COVID relief package. As the Administration strives to reopen schools, protect our nation’s health and strengthen our economy, these critical protections will help safeguard educational institutions, healthcare providers, businesses and non-profit organizations from unfair lawsuits.

            The COVID-19 virus continues to rage throughout this country, presenting once-in-a-generation public health and economic challenges. Despite these difficulties, the development and distribution of vaccines give new hope for a future free of the crushing social and economic effects of the virus. Unfortunately, for many who remain on the front lines and continue to serve our communities during this pandemic, the threat of unfair litigation continues to loom. In 2020, over $23 million was spent by plaintiffs’ firms on COVID-19-related lawsuit advertisements, a clear indication that an influx of litigation is coming. As employers, educational institutions, and others answer President Biden’s very appropriate call for face coverings and other protective steps, they should not have to worry that their actions will invite costly and unnecessary litigation.

            The time for federal action implementing liability protections from such litigation is now. We thus urge you to include balanced liability relief provisions similar to last Congress’ SAFE TO WORK ACT (S. 4317) in any further COVID-19 relief legislation. We believe that legislation in this space should ensure that unfair lawsuits will not hamper those who work to comply with applicable government guidelines. We also believe these protections should be limited in duration and scope in addition to preserving reasonable recourse for those harmed by truly bad actors. 

            Ensuring a bright post-pandemic future for our country’s healthcare, business, and non-profit communities is a bipartisan objective. In the last round of COVID-19 relief negotiations, we were encouraged to see lawmakers from both sides of the aisle recognize the need for targeted and temporary liability relief. Lawmakers must come together now and ensure that the entities who continue to serve and protect their communities during this pandemic are themselves protected from unfair and harmful lawsuits.

            In the wake of prior crises, Congress came together to pass needed liability protections with strong bipartisan support because lawmakers understood the acute threat of lawsuits at moments of maximum economic vulnerability. That threat is present again now. As such, Congress must take strong action now and provide a national baseline of liability protection during this national pandemic to prevent an influx of lawsuits from inhibiting our return to a robust economy and healthy citizenry.

                                                                        Sincerely,

 

U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Academy of General Dentistry

Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce

AdvaMed - Advanced Medical Technology Association

Aeronautical Repair Station Association

Aerospace Industries Association

African American Chamber of Commerce Western PA

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)

Airlines for America

Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association

Alameda Chamber of Commerce

Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce

Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

Alle Kiski Strong Chamber

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Alliance for Automotive Innovation

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing

American Bakers Association

American Bankers Association

American Business Conference

American Car Rental Association

American Council for Capital Formation

American Council of Engineering Companies

American Council on Education

American Dairy Coalition

American Dental Association

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Foundry Society

American Gaming Association (AGA)

American Health Care Association (AHCA) & National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)

American Hotel and Lodging Association

American Institute of CPAs

American International Automobile Dealers Association

American Mold Builders Association

American Property Casualty Insurance Association

American Rental Association

American Seniors Housing Association

American Society of Travel Advisors

American Tort Reform Association

American Waterways Operators

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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Civil Justice Association of California

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Credit Union National Association

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Flora, IL Chamber of Commerce

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Greater Ontario Business Council

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Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

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Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce

Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC

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Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce

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HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ)

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Heating, Air-conditioning, & Refrigeration Distributors International

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Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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LeadingAge

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Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)

Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense

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National Air Carrier Association

National Apartment Association

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

National Association of Electrical Distributors

National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions

National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations

National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

National Association of Security Companies

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

National Business Aviation Association

National City Chamber of Commerce

National Club Association

National Community Pharmacists Association

National Cotton Council

National Fastener Distributors Association

National Franchisee Association

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National Limousine Association

National Marine Distributors Association

National Multifamily Housing Council

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

National Restaurant Association

National Retail Federation

National Roofing Contractors Association

National RV Dealers Association (RVDA)

National Small Business Association

National Tooling and Machining Association

NC Chamber

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Nebraska Hotel & Lodging Association

Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association

Nevada Resort Association

New Hampshire Grocers Association

New Jersey Civil Justice Institute

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New Mexico Chamber of Commerce

New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce (NORBCC)

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

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NMA

Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce

Norco Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Norman Chamber of Commerce

North American Die Casting Association

North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association

North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce

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Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association

Overland Park Chamber of Commerce

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PA Aggregates & Concrete Association

PA Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns

PA Council of Children, Youth & Family Services

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Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce

Palmdale Chamber of Commerce

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Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers

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Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform

Pennsylvania Dental Association

Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association

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Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association

Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association, Inc.

Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs

Peoria Chamber of Commerce

Pet Industry Distributors Association

Peters Township Chamber of Commerce

Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce

Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

PIA MidAmerica

Plastics Industry Association

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce

Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors--National Association

Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce

Power and Construction Group

Precision Machined Products Association

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Prescott Chamber of Commerce

PRINTING United Alliance

Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA)

Professional Beauty Association

Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce

Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce, Inc

Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce

Redding Chamber of Commerce

Regional Chamber of Commerce - San Gabriel Valley

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Retail Association of Maine

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Rhode Island Hospitality Association

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S Corporation Association

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Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce

Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce

Seaside Chamber of Commerce

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce

Slavic-American Chamber of Commerce

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Somerset County PA Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association / Myrtle Beach Hospitality

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South Dakota Retailers Association

South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce

Southwest California Legislative Council

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Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

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Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce (Missouri)

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St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

St. Louis Area Hotel Association

Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce

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Summerfield Civic Association

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Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Of Commerce

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Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association

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Texas Civil Justice League

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Texas Retailers Association (TRA)

The Aluminum Association

The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

The Chamber of Medford & Jackson County

The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce

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The Travel Technology Association

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Tile Roofing Industry Alliance

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Troy Area Chamber of Commerce

Truck Renting and Leasing Association

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Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA)

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Wisconsin Association of Mutual Ins. Cos.

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