Liability Issues for Open Businesses During the Crisis

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Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton are producing a series of podcasts to discuss litigation topics that have been brought to the forefront by the COVID-19 pandemic and how businesses might be able to prepare and respond.

In this episode, Troutman Sanders partner Brian Watt focuses on liability issues for businesses that remain open during the crisis with Troutman Sanders partners Matt Aaronson and Ashley Hager, and Pepper Hamilton partners Brian Downey and Will See more +

Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton are producing a series of podcasts to discuss litigation topics that have been brought to the forefront by the COVID-19 pandemic and how businesses might be able to prepare and respond.

In this episode, Troutman Sanders partner Brian Watt focuses on liability issues for businesses that remain open during the crisis with Troutman Sanders partners Matt Aaronson and Ashley Hager, and Pepper Hamilton partners Brian Downey and Will Taylor.

The team discusses:

• how the “stay at home” orders of various states impact whether a business should stay open, and what enforcement actions it may face if it is not an exempt business or does not follow the mitigation measures required of any exempt business

• several employment issues that employers are facing related to the crisis

• the types of litigation related to COVID-19 that businesses are already facing, including class action lawsuits

• steps that a business should follow to reduce liability risks.

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