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Coalition Updates: Business

New Covid-19 Liability Protection Bill Introduced

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), has re-introduced PCCJR supported Covid-19 liability protection legislation (SB 273). This bill will protect manufacturers, health care organizations, and businesses open to the public by shielding them from predatory Covid-19 injury lawsuits. In November 2020, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a similar bill (HB 1737). Thanks to the heroic…

Plaintiffs Firms Spend Over $34 Million on Covid-19 Advertisements

The trial bar clearly plans to profit off the pandemic. The American Tort Reform Association released a report revealing that from March through December of 2020, 176,053 advertisements for legal services and/or soliciting legal claims mentioning COVID-19 or coronavirus aired in the United States at an estimated cost of $34.4 million. Pennsylvania is at the top…

Agritourism Bill Passes the House

Farmers engaged in pick-your-own businesses, corn mazes and other Agritourism activities are one step closer to having more protections from unnecessary liability risks. H.B. 101 (formerly H.B. 1348) passed the House on February 5, 2021 by a vote of 142-60. The bill now moves on to the Senate where it will first be considered by…

Constitutional Amendments Moving

It takes a lot to amend Pennsylvania’s Constitution. The proposed amendment must pass two subsequent sessions of the General Assembly and then be placed before the voters in a referendum. In 2021, several proposed constitutional amendments are making their way toward the ballot. Last week, the House passed legislation that would amend the state’s Constitution…

Liability Protection for Agriculture Tourism Advances

A bill that could help farmers find much needed additional income to keep their farms going cleared the House Agriculture Committee. H.B. 101 would provide liability protection for Agritourism activities such as corn mazes, petting zoos, and apple picking. Farmers are reluctant to open their properties to the public due to the fear of lawsuits.…