Bills to limit COVID lawsuits are now law

The governor signed the bills on Thursday. They were tied to other bills that protect employees and replace some of the governor's overruled executive orders.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed a bill into law that will severely restrict people’s ability to sue businesses they believe infected them with COVID-19.

The new law requires someone prove that a business was willfully negligent of COVID-19 prevention standards that caused them to be infected. It also restricts lawsuits unless the person suing was hospitalized, missed work, or died as a result of the infection.

The bills were included in a package that Whitmer signed at once. Other bills provide protections for employees who complain about violations of state health rules, prevent workers from going to work while infected with the coronavirus, and extend vehicle licensing deadlines to mid-December.

Many of the bills were replacements for executive orders that were overruled earlier this month by the state Supreme Court.

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