Leaders of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and the National Association of Manufacturers are calling on state and federal legislators to protect manufacturers from being hit with bad-faith COVID-19 liability lawsuits as they resume operations. The organizations said in a press release that they support policymakers’ efforts to enact “thoughtful liability protections to ensure the manufacturing industry can continue to drive the renewal of America’s economy.” The groups are circulating an online petition seeking support for their position. In April, NAM released its “American Renewal Action Plan”  that includes a comprehensive list of policy recommendations for COVID-19 response, recovery and renewal stages, including a set of pandemic liability policy recommendations. “Iowa manufacturers and their employees have been hard at work throughout this pandemic, doing all they can to keep themselves and Iowans healthy and to keep the economy moving,” ABI President Mike Ralston said. “To now have them be the victims of improper legal action is simply wrong. ABI calls on Iowa legislators to act on this issue important to manufacturers and all Iowa businesses.”