Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., issued the following statement after the Missouri General Assembly’s passage of SBs 51 & 42, legislation that will protect businesses from predatory coronavirus-related lawsuits.
“On behalf of the St. Louis business community, we applaud the legislature’s decision to protect Missouri businesses from predatory coronavirus-related lawsuits. As we continue on the road to economic recovery, SBs 51 & 42 will ensure that employers who are operating in good faith are not targeted by opportunistic COVID-19 lawsuits. This commonsense COVID-19 business liability legislation protects hardworking Missouri businesses, and we commend the legislature for sending it to the Governor’s desk.”
More than 1,000 COVID-19 lawsuits have been filed against employers throughout the country, according to the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Fourteen states passed COVID-19 business liability legislation in 2020, with more than a dozen states filing COVID liability protection legislation this year.