Pennsylvania’s legal climate is conducive to frivolous lawsuits and lacks protections that create a fair, balanced and common sense system. The business community supports legal reforms that help prevent lawsuit abuse while protecting the right of legitimate plaintiffs to seek justice.
We honor the Pennsylvania business and healthcare workers who are battling the COVID-19 pandemic. From the doctors and nurses who continue their efforts on the front lines to slow the spread of the virus and treat patients, to companies that have completely revamped their production lines to make hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment and ventilators, the PA Chamber’s top legislative priority is working to ensure that they have the liability protections they need to continue their important work in these challenging times.
Unfortunately, pandemic-related litigation against businesses has already begun. The PA Chamber is urging elected officials at both the state and federal level to immediately enact targeted, narrow and temporary liability protections for the entire medical community and employers who are working through this crisis. See below for our multiple communications to state lawmakers and members of Congress urging them to support and pass critical liability protections.
Pennsylvania’s job creators have had no shortage of challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. As the PA Chamber works with our local chamber partners, statewide associations and the business community on our robust “Bringing PA Back” initiative, we’re urging lawmakers to enact policies that will promote reinvestment in the Commonwealth and drive our economic resurgence. Sitting at the top of this important list is securing temporary and targeted liability protections for businesses that are operating during these difficult times.
A broad-based coalition representing industries and employers throughout Pennsylvania sent a letter today to Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation urging support for much-needed and long-overdue liability protections for those complying with health and safety guidelines.
PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the need for liability protections for employers and the healthcare industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic:
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding calls from some elected officials to enact a False Claims Act in the Commonwealth:
A fair and equitable system of civil justice is essential to the proper functioning of a free market economy. By permitting legitimate disputes to be resolved in a fair and efficient manner, it allows for a full and timely compensation of parties legitimately injured; gives parties predictability and certainty; and contributes to greater productivity and economic prosperity. An unbalanced litigation environment can cause serious dislocations with significant economic implications such as reduced investment, increased costs, job loss and improper shift of costs to taxpayers.
Despite the enactment of some reform, the Commonwealth has consistently ranked near the bottom of various studies of states’ liability climates. In order to boost the economy and create more private sector jobs, we need to inject fairness, common sense and personal responsibility into our courts by continuing to reform our antiquated legal system.
The current construct of the Commonwealth’s judicial system creates an environment that can lead to inefficient and biased justice. In order to achieve certain structural reforms to the system, changes to the Pennsylvania Constitution should be implemented. These changes include:
In addition to these structural reforms, the PA Chamber supports amending existing law or creating a new law to:
The business community opposes efforts that would: