Covid-19 immunity legislation will produce lots of lawsuits

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) Legislation will be introduced during the upcoming special session that supporters say will protect businesses from Covid-19 lawsuits. Supporters are wrong: If anything, the legislation will invite lawsuits, especially those aimed at small businesses.

The bill’s trouble is contained in two words: “good faith.” The legislation says, essentially, Idaho businesses can have immunity from lawsuits from someone claiming to have contracted Covid-19 in their establishments, as long as those businesses make a “good faith” effort to comply with government orders and mandates.

But no one really knows what a “good faith” effort is. For example, take existing mask mandates, which businesses are now struggling to manage. Does a good faith effort mean strict enforcement for mask-wearing policies, such that no one is exempt?  (Read More)