Welcome to the third issue of the 2021 volume of Unprecedented. Those who watched the Super Bowl last night would have seen several signs of the times: recognition of the 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers in attendance, plus a halftime show that left viewers wondering whether the masks were costume or public health measure. The fact is that COVID-19 remains a reality and will for some time to come. As we report this week, businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 emergency orders and are pursuing even long-shot claims for compensation against their governments and insurers. Employees also continue to file whistleblower or tort claims against their employers, and shareholders have started to pile on with securities fraud claims. And, all this caused some governments to revisit discussions about immunities from COVID-19 claims -- a proposal that's desired as fiercely by business as it's opposed by labor.
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