2021 Civil Justice Update From Mark Behrens

For the second year in a row, COVID-19 liability protection legislation dominated state civil justice landscapes, according to the annual Civil Justice Update authored by noted civil justice public policy attorney, Mark Behrens. The report noted that since the pandemic first began, approximately two-thirds of states have implemented limited liability protections for COVID-19 related cases. This is an issue that PCCJR has strongly advocated for over the past two years, having secured passage of a comprehensive bill only to be vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf. 

In addition to delving into the impact the pandemic has had on civil justice environments, the report gives an overview of broad trends nationwide as well as legislation proposed on the federal level. The report also includes a state-by-state analysis of liability law changes throughout 2021 and highlights of key cases over the past year that address the constitutionality of civil justice reforms.  

The full report can be found here.

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