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TexPIRG Statement on Corporate Liability Shield

Governor misses the mark on policy
For Immediate Release

AUSTIN-- During Monday’s State of the State Address, Gov. Abbott announced a policy he called, “civil liability protections“, which would exempt corporations from any liability and give consumers no recourse against bad acting companies that refuse to comply with basic public health orders. 

TexPIRG Director Bay Scoggin released the following statement in response:

“Governor Abbott’s desired legislation would reward companies that cut corners at the expense of companies that protect their workers and customers,” said Scoggin. “When nobody is accountable, nobody is safe.”

“We are really disappointed that the Governor would strip consumers of their rights to a day in court--a fundamental right that every Texan should be given full access to.”

“There is no tsunami of litigants waiting outside the courtroom door; there’s no problem here to solve which makes it all the more mind-boggling that the Governor would want to take powers away from consumers. Providing immunity to businesses that don’t comply with public health orders is no way to ensure public health and safety.”

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