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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.


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 23, 2020 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6601

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 23, 2020

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.

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.