"But the National Association of Consumer Advocates worries sweeping liability protection might encourage some businesses not to take as many precautions to keep customers and employees safe.
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The country is in dire need of a new COVID-19 relief package to help working families cope with the worst health and financial effects of the ongoing pandemic. Instead, leaders in Congress are failing them.
NACA joined a letter to congressional leaders urging them to oppose H.R. 7059, the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act, which would grant health care services and entities, including nursing homes, immunity from lawsuits.
"Collaboration between states isn't a conspiracy, said Ira Rheingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates. It's good legal strategy for fighting companies that will throw a lot of money into litigation to 'paper you to death,' he said.
Public interest organizations strongly support legislation introduced this week that would remove an unfair tax penalty against consumers. “For too long, taxpayers have been subject to unexpected penalties when they successfully hold unscrupulous businesses accountable in court,” the groups said in letters of support for the new bills introduced by Sen.
NACA joined national consumer advocacy organizations in a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to reject any legislation that would use the COVID-19 crisis to override state laws and insulate unsafe businesses from liability.
NACA and 117 other groups sent a letter to congressional leaders opposing any legislation that would create immunity for businesses that operate in an unreasonably unsafe manner and expose workers and consumers to risk of COVID-19 infection.
The so-called “Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017” would undermine the enforcement of federal laws and impede the resolution of various consumer protection, anti-discrimination, environmental, and public health cases before our federal courts.
The House Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to mark up several bills that collectively would make it more difficult for Americans to enforce their legal rights, and would place unreasonable burdens on the federal judiciary and federal enforcement officials. Organizations strongly oppose these bills as harmful and unnecessary.