From Bill G. Smith, Wisconsin Civil Justice Council President and National Federation of Independent Business-Wisconsin State Director
Across Wisconsin, businesses have shut down and workers gone without paychecks after the state's private sector was largely shuttered to address the COVID-19 crisis. Our economy has taken a severe blow, the worst since the Great Depression. Slowly, parts of Wisconsin's economy are reopening, but the road to recovery will not be easy.
For many Wisconsin businesses, a major concern as they reopen is the threat of frivolous lawsuits from potential COVID-19 outbreaks beyond their control, and for which they may not be responsible. Businesses, large and small, are working hard to bring back family supporting jobs and serve their customers. During these unprecedented times, business owners should not be at risk of potentially bankrupting litigation.
Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Legislature must work together soon to enact the following four-point agenda to protect Wisconsin businesses from an atmosphere of frivolous lawsuits.