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Protect Grocers from Frivolous COVID-19 Lawsuits: Urge Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 7528

Independent grocers are proud to be designated as essential critical infrastructure by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and we take our responsibility seriously to feed the American public during this challenging time.

Unfortunately, there are efforts by some opportunistic trial attorneys to take advantage of the current crisis to file unfounded lawsuits against grocers alleging their clients contracted the virus on the premises of a grocery store or distribution center. The independent supermarket industry has led from the very beginning of the coronavirus crisis to protect the health of both customers and employees. Grocers are working around the clock to ensure a safe environment for everyone through vigorous sanitation and social distancing practices and providing PPE for employees.

Given the threat to our businesses and workers, please send a letter to your Representative asking their support for COVID-19 liability protection for independent grocers and wholesalers. Please urge your Member of Congress to co-sponsor, H.R. 7528, the Get America Back to Work Act, by both cosponsoring the bill, and advocating for its inclusion in the next coronavirus relief package currently being negotiated by Congress.

This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Reps. Garrett Graves (R-LA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX), protects businesses and their employees from frivolous civil lawsuits associated with COVID-19 by creating a safe harbor; provided these businesses took reasonable steps to comply with the guidance from the CDC or other health authorities.

H.R. 7528, the Get America Back to Work Act, would provide limited liability protections to businesses acting in good faith to protect individuals from the spread of the coronavirus. This bipartisan legislation would not protect bad actors, but those who have made their best efforts to comply with federal, state, and local guidance. This is why National Grocers Association, as well as other retail trade groups, support this legislation.

Only Congress can help prevent a flood of litigation and demand letters against grocers who are simply doing their part and staying open to serve the American public during the crisis. Independent grocers cannot afford a wave of frivolous litigation at a time when our communities need us the most.

Our industry is serving the real, immediate needs of the American people and they should not have to worry they will be sued for simply providing the products and services Americans need right now.