Text: H.R.6601 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/23/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6601


To require a particular jury instruction in Federal civil actions that include a claim for damages based on negligence arising from the transmission of COVID–19.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 23, 2020

Mr. Biggs introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To require a particular jury instruction in Federal civil actions that include a claim for damages based on negligence arising from the transmission of COVID–19.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Jury instruction in Federal civil actions that include a claim alleging negligence arising from the transmission of COVID–19.

In a Federal civil action that includes a claim alleging negligence arising from the transmission of COVID–19 and a request for damages, the court shall instruct a jury that—

(1) the liability standard is the reasonable person standard,

(2) a person is negligent if the person either does something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation, or fails to do something that a reasonably careful person would do, in the same situation,

(3) the act of opening a business, by itself, shall be considered to be reasonable as a matter of law, and

(4) the negligence may not be found solely on the basis of holding oneself open for business.


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