COVID Liability Protections Legislation Sent to Governor

For over a year now, the Florida Chamber has been advocating for commonsense COVID liability protections so predatory plaintiff lawyers could not take advantage of this once-in-a-century pandemic to inundate Florida businesses with frivolous, gotcha lawsuits. Today, Chamber-backed COVID liability protections legislation became the very first bill of the 2021 legislative session passed by both bodies of the Legislature and sent to the Governor. Championed by Senator Jeff Brandes and Representatives Lawrence McClure and Colleen Burton, SB 72 provides liability protections for businesses, educational institutions, and health care facilities that have substantially complied with governmental health and safety guidelines to keep employees, customers, and patients safe. SB 72 is retroactive to the start of the pandemic, unless a lawsuit has already been filed, and creates heightened standards for litigation to proceed and a business to be held liable. This very important bill will be heading to Governor Ron DeSantis, who has already indicated his willingness to sign it into law.