2017 Bucks County-AR3I6343
Issue Background

COVID-19 Civil Liability Limit Legislation

Civil Liability Protection Information

As the American Kennel Club (AKC), our affiliated clubs, and dog enthusiasts continue to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect our future activities, legislative proposals have been or are expected to be introduced that seek to limit the potential civil legal liability of individuals and businesses, including non-profits, for damages or personal injury that result from actual or alleged exposure to the virus. This type of legislation may be of potential interest to some AKC-affiliated clubs with deep concerns about conducting their events while under a higher-than-normal exposure to liability risks.

AKC Government Relations (GR) is tracking these legislative proposals and has created a tracking report* that provides details on state legislation it is tracking that seeks to limit COVID-19-related liability.  The report, updated daily, is accessible on AKC GR’s COVID-19 Resources Page at www.akcgr.org/covid19  

It is important to note in general that should any of these bills be enacted, their limitations may not absolutely limit risk exposure because they would (1) not prevent the filing of lawsuits that clubs would have to respond to regardless of the nature of the claims; and (2) ultimately not apply to any virus exposure liability claims proven to be the result of gross negligence, willful misconduct, or intentional criminal conduct. 

For more information, read COVID-19 Coronavirus: Updates from the American Kennel Club; or contact AKC GR at doglaw@akc.org.  

*These resources are provided for informational purposes only. 

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