Can Businesses Be Sued for Trying to Be Good Samaritans During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Both North Dakota and the nation are grappling with the task of returning our society to some semblance of normal while still keeping in place appropriate measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
On this episode of Plain Talk, Arik Spencer from the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce talks about some protections his organization feels business owners need to help them get back to employing their employees and serving the public.
He noted that many businesses, like restaurants as one example, are afraid to re-open out of fear they’ll be liable if an outbreak of coronavirus happens in one of their facilities. Similarly, businesses that shifted their work over to producing things needed during the pandemic — breweries, for instance, which started making hand sanitizer — are worried they could be sued if those products, which they don’t typically produce, were faulty.
“Can they be sued for trying to be a good Samaritan?” Spencer asked.
Can businesses be sued for being good Samritans?
On this Plain Talk, @nodakchamber president Arik Spencer joins me to talk about his group's push for liability protections for companies as a part of #coronavirus recovery.https://t.co/XUkw9ulm0O #NDPol pic.twitter.com/9Xvvv750qV
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