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Law360 (January 13, 2021, 12:33 PM EST) — The insurance industry’s hopes for sweeping national legislation that would shield businesses from most coronavirus-related lawsuits were likely dashed last week as Senate control swung to the Democrats, who have resisted such a measure, warning that it would erode legal protections for workers and consumers.

By flipping both of Georgia’s Senate seats, Democrats and their two independent allies wrested control of the chamber from Republicans for the first time since 2014. According to experts, the shift in power is likely the death knell for Senate GOP members’ broad proposed COVID-19 liability shield for corporations, schools, health care providers and other organizations.

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