Governor Holcomb signs bill for Indiana COVID-19 lawsuit shield

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks during a media availability from the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana businesses and others now have broad protections from lawsuits by people blaming them for contracting COVID-19 under a new state law.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday signed the bill that he and GOP lawmakers had made a top priority for this year’s legislative session even as supporters don’t point to any such lawsuits in the state.

The law is retroactive to last March and only allows lawsuits against businesses when “gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.”

Supporters call the protections a key step toward economic recovery from the pandemic. Some Democrats questioned whether the law could block lawsuits against nursing homes.

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