Manufacturers applaud PA General Assembly for passing COVID-19 liability protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Harrisburg, PA (November 20, 2020) - The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed HB 1737, legislation that is a targeted, temporary, and necessary response to the threat of frivolous lawsuits by Pennsylvania's litigation industry, which views the COVID-19 pandemic as a business opportunity.

The following statement is attributed to PMA’s President & CEO, David N. Taylor:

“Liability protections encourage business and nonprofit entities to follow the lead of government agencies in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. Throughout this pandemic, the private sector has done what it does best – respond, innovate, and overcome.”

“Today, the General Assembly protected the manufacturers that have re-tooled to meet the dire need for personal protective equipment and the medical professionals who are on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients. Pennsylvania's small businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, child care centers, universities, colleges, farms, and local governments that are following government health guidelines all deserve these needed protections.”

“To be clear, this legislation does not provide complete immunity for anyone. It simply ensures that if businesses, institutions, and organizations follow public health directives set by federal or state governments, they will be granted basic protections against being sued. People and entities covered by this legislation would still be liable for any intentionally wrongful acts and acts considered legally reckless.

“The commonsense protections under this legislation will empower the medical professionals, health care institutions, and businesses that will ultimately fight and win the battle against COVID-19. We thank the General Assembly for their efforts to pass COVID-19 liability protection and now call on Governor Wolf to sign the bill into law.”

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Founded in 1909 by Bucks County industrialist Joseph Grundy, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association is the Harrisburg-based statewide nonprofit trade organization representing the people who make things in our commonwealth. To learn more about PMA and its work, visit www.pamanufacturers.org