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Kansas lawyers against proposed business protections from COVID-19 lawsuits, WIBW TV in Topeka, May 20, 2020
Kansas Lawmakers May Take Up Coronavirus Liability Laws When Session Resumes Thursday
, Kansas Public Radio, May 20, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) — Lawmakers will return to the Kansas Statehouse Thursday to wrap up the legislative session. Among other things, legislators will likely consider coronavirus liability protections for health care providers and businesses.  Health care providers want to be protected from lawsuits over procedures that were delayed because of the pandemic, and businesses don’t want to be sued by customers who claim they got sick at the business.  David Morantz, with the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, told senators they should avoid making any changes to law because they could end up protecting something like a nursing home that didn’t do enough to prevent the spread of the virus.  “Why would we pass a proposal that would let them off the hook for that?" Morantz said, "That doesn’t make any sense at this time.”  Business groups say the virus can spread even if companies do everything right, so they shouldn’t be held liable if they took necessary precautions.

Blake Shuart: COVID-19 liability immunity is a bad idea, The Wichita Eagle, May 20, 2020
David Morantz: Proposal to shield business from liability puts Kansans at risk
, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 17, 2020
Kansans won’t have needed protections if lawmakers rush to limit coronavirus liability, Kansas City Star, May 15, 2020

Kansas considers bill to shield businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, KMBC TV in Kansas City, May 13, 2020
Kansas lawmakers look to prevent lawsuits over coronavirus, Associated Press, May 13, 2020
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      Kansas lawmakers look to prevent coronavirus-related lawsuits, Lawrence Journal-World, May 12, 2020
       
Kansas lawmakers look to prevent lawsuits over coronavirus, Manhattan Mercury, May 12, 2020

KS business community seeks protection from covid-19 related lawsuits, WIBW TV in Topeka, May 8, 2020
Potential law to offer protection to business owners against coronavirus-related lawsuits
, KSNT in Topeka, May 8, 2020
As stay-home orders lift, what options are there if workers don’t want to return?, The Wichita Eagle, May 3, 2020

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