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The coronavirus pandemic has generated an unprecedented number of novel legal questions, due in no small part to its uniquely all-encompassing and simultaneous impact across the globe. One question that has arisen is unfortunately not unique to the pandemic: what kinds of liability could arise from it and can they be mitigated?
This Briefing will explore some of the more relevant liability scenarios, including specifically the types of liability that could arise from the use of countermeasures to treat or prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The panelists will explore in depth one existing tool that can be used, The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act). Signed into law in 2005, the PREP can indeed offer specific liability protections for not just manufacturers of coronavirus countermeasures, but also to persons asked to administer those countermeasures.
Please join Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP partner Brian E. Finch and Tiber Creek Partners, LLC principal John M. Clerici as they:
- Review the basis for the creation of the PREP Act
- Discuss how the liability protections of the Act are triggered
- Address who is eligible to take advantage of the protections offered by the Act
John and Brian will also briefly explore programs related to the PREP Act, such as the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act as well as the SAFETY Act.