Colorado Urged to Move on Liability Protections

Date: May 07, 2020

Nation’s leading small business association offers four principles to aid re-openings

Contact: Tony Gagliardi, Colorado State Director, [email protected],
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

DENVER, May 7, 2020—The nation’s leading small-business association yesterday issued its Liability Protection Principles for policymakers to consider if they want to aid the reopening of Main Street enterprises.

“As shoppers and store owners begin the slow return to the ‘New Normal,’ it is important not to make small-business owners the scapegoats for someone who all of a sudden contracts the Corona-19 virus,” said Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for NFIB. “A charge of liability against a shop owner by a customer or employee should require a preponderance of evidence there was negligence on the part of the owner. Elected officials could be the final nail in the coffin for small businesses by adopting a presumption mentality. “

From Karen Harned, executive director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center

“As small business owners across America begin the process of reopening, it’s imperative that we establish protections from the threat of lawsuits that exploit the already damaging effects of COVID-19. According to a recent NFIB survey, nearly 70% of small business owners are concerned about increases in liability claims when reopening their businesses. We urge Congress to address these Liability Protection Principles so that our nation’s small businesses who have fought to survive over the course of this pandemic can get back to work without fear of costly legal battles.”

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