Bloomberg Law
June 23, 2020, 10:14 PM

North Carolina Aims to Shield Companies From Lawsuits Over Covid

Andrew M. Ballard
Andrew M. Ballard
Staff Correspondent

North Carolina businesses would be protected from lawsuits if their employees or customers contract the coronavirus under legislation heading to the governor’s desk.

The Legislature gave final approval Tuesday to a bill (H.B. 118) that covers businesses, government agencies, and other groups sued by someone who contracts Covid-19.

The bill is backed by business groups that say the protections are needed as companies reopen and as lawsuits increase nationwide. The measure now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper (D) for his consideration. Representatives of the governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about whether he intends to sign ...

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