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Monday, 17 August 2020 22:02

TN Gov. Signs COVID-19 Liability Protection Bill

Written by Vivian Jones, The Center Square
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs a bill Aug. 17 that extends COVID-19 liability protection to entities in the state except in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs a bill Aug. 17 that extends COVID-19 liability protection to entities in the state except in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct. Photo courtesy of Facebook Live

Entities in Tennessee no longer can be sued for COVID-19-related damages, except in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct.

Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Aug. 17 that passed both houses of the Tennessee Legislature during the previous week's special session. The bill raises the standard of liability that must be made in civil lawsuits over COVID-19-related damages.

 

“I am signing limited liability protection that ensures COVID-19 doesn't cause further economic damage to the very institutions that have already been hit hard during this pandemic,” Lee said during a virtual bill signing broadcast on social media.

 

“This piece of legislation also makes sure to keep important protections, so cases of willful misconduct or gross negligence related to COVID-19 don't go unpunished,” Lee said. “The law ensures that bad actors are held accountable.”

 

The new law took effect as soon as the governor signed it, and it will apply to any lawsuits filed in Tennessee as of Aug. 3, the day Lee called for the special session. It will remain in effect until July 1, 2022.

 

“Limited liability protection means that your hard work and small business can't be targeted with illegitimate claims around COVID-19, and it also means we can confidently remain on track to getting our schools back open, and our kids back in the classroom,” Lee said.

 

We thank The Center Square for reprint permission.

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