Small Business Commends North Dakota Lawmakers for Passing Important COVID Legislation

Date: May 03, 2021

NFIB Thanks Governor for Signing Bill Protecting Small Business from Frivolous Lawsuits

The head of North Dakota’s small business association, NFIB, or the National Federation of Independent Business, today thanks the governor for signing much needed liability reform for small businesses who comply with local, state and federal COVID-19 health requirements. The signing sends a clear message from the legislature, who agreed that this bill is crucial to our small business owners here in North Dakota trying to get back on their feet after a global economic and health pandemic.


“Small business owners here in North Dakota are encouraged by the legislature’s actions. It’s an affirmation to our small business community that lawmakers understand the challenges they face. Our small business owners in North Dakota appreciate that lawmakers and Gov. Burgum realize they face the threat of targeted frivolous lawsuits from predatory lawyers looking to make a buck. Our small business owners are simply trying to do the right thing: keep their customers and employees safe while they rebuild their business,” said Alison Ritter, NFIB State Director in North Dakota.


Even though North Dakota’s small business owners are doing everything they can to keep their customers and employees safe, simply fighting a lawsuit could put the that small business in danger. The last thing our hard-working mom and pop shops need is to fend off a costly frivolous lawsuit. It’s nothing but a shakedown intended for small business owners to quickly settle rather than take their case to court.


Gov. Doug Burgum signed House Bill 1175, which protects businesses from COVID-19 related lawsuits.

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