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Employer coalition launches ad in DC area pushing for liability shield

Employer coalition launches ad in DC area pushing for liability shield
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A coalition of employers launched an ad calling for liability protections for businesses against coronavirus-related lawsuits on Fox News and CNN in the Washington, D.C., Beltway area. 

Job Shield America invested six figures in an ad that will run until Congress adjourns, and the coalition’s plan is to then expand it into key states.

The coalition includes National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), which represents property casualty insurance companies like Merchants Insurance Group, Harford Mutual Insurance Company and the Mutual Benefit Group.

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“Illegitimate COVID lawsuits will threaten our recovery, delay the deployment of vaccines and therapeutics, and impose crushing burdens in businesses and workers,” the ad says. “The COVID liability shield will stop lawsuit abuse and protect America’s comeback.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to include a liability shield for companies from coronavirus-related lawsuits that would be retroactive to December 2019 and extend to 2024. Senate Republicans are set to introduce their coronavirus relief package next week.

Jimi Grande, NAMIC senior vice president of government affairs, told The Hill the association is pushing a shield to protect businesses that act responsibly.

“We think for the national economy, we don’t want to make it any more difficult for businesses as it already is. As we try to journey back to normal, NAMIC is trying to lead an effort to protect the responsible businesses from frivolous lawsuits,” he said.