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New Louisiana law provides shield from COVID-19 lawsuits

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 18:28:16-04

A bill was signed into law today, blocking lawsuits from people who want to sue certain entities for causing their infection with COVID-19.

The law, which was written by state Rep. Thomas Pressly, R-Shreveport, prevents anyone from suing a local or state government, event planner or presenter, or their employer if they get COVID-19, unless they can prove that the exposure to the virus was intentional and/or the entity didn't follow the rules set out by state orders.

The law also shields those who make PPE from being sued absent "gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct."

Pressly, who is an attorney, also included a section that bars Workers' Comp claims for COVID-19 unless the employee's exposure was intentional.

Here's a copy of the law: