As reported by The Nashville Post (subscription), both the Tennessee House and Senate judiciary committees advanced bills Tuesday, drafted with the help of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other business groups, intended to protect businesses, schools and other organizations from coronavirus-related litigation.
Two versions of the bill were considered by the committees, with the Senate version reaching back to March to cut off some lawsuits for injuries that have already occurred, while the House version would, as currently drafted, only prohibit certain lawsuits once the law is enacted.
Responding to an attorney representing business groups during the hearing who advocated for the retroactive application of the law, Lieff Cabraser partner and Vice President of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Mark P. Chalos argued that a retroactive law would violate the state constitution, which plainly states that “no retrospective law … shall be made.”
About Mark Chalos
The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. Mark represents counties and cities across the U.S., as well as Native American tribes and health organizations, in the national opioids litigation. He is serving as part of the national case leadership in these cases, including preparing bellwether cases for trial.
Mr. Chalos has tried cases to juries and judges around the country. He serves in the leadership of numerous class actions and multidistrict litigations. He is an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School, is a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics, and is regularly cited by top-tier media outlets.