Governor Signs Immunity Protection Bill Into Law

This week, Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 606, OMA-supported legislation to provide legal liability protections to businesses and other entities during COVID-19 — as long as they have not shown reckless conduct, or intentional misconduct, or willful or wanton misconduct, as noted in this analysis by OMA Connections Partner Roetzel.

The OMA worked to ensure the bill covered manufacturers that produce PPE and other products in response to the pandemic. The signed version of the bill extends liability protections through September 2021 and covers lawsuits dating back to March, when the state of emergency was first declared. The new law will become effective on Dec. 13, 2020, according to this summary by OMA General Counsel Bricker & Eckler.

Read the OMA’s statement thanking the General Assembly and Gov. DeWine for acting to protect the manufacturing community and Ohio’s economy. 9/14/2020