AHA, others file amicus brief in 6th Circuit case on PREP Act immunity
Jun 8, 2022
The AHA today joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Medical Association in urging the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a district court decision that refused to allow a case involving the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2005 to proceed in federal court and sent it back to state court for further proceedings.
“Over a decade ago, Congress recognized the possibility of a nationwide public health emergency much like COVID-19, and expressly provided certain protections for those on the front line of responding to it, in the PREP Act,” the friend-of-the-court brief states. “…Rather than leave the adjudication of disputes arising from a national emergency response to disparate state courts across the country, Congress established an exclusive federal remedial scheme and expressly preempted state law that might interfere with that scheme.”