The New Normal: Tony Evans v Walmart
The general tortious liability lawsuit against Walmart.
While many are wondering what the new normal will look like, the courts in Illinois may be able to give us a unique insight.
Walmart is being sued by Tony Evans. His brother worked at Walmart where he contracted Covid-19 later falling victim to its symptoms. The lawsuit claims that Walmart did not take the appropriate actions to protect Mr. Evans and as such that this constitutes Willful and Wanton Misconduct leading to his death.
This case is especially interesting as it is not a worker's compensation claim but a general tortious liability claim. This will establish what due people have to each other in this new normal to prevent the spread of the virus.
Tort law is the same body of law that could be used to sue someone on the train, street, or bus who infected you. Learning what our duties are to each other in this new normal will heavily affect the way that we all operate moving forward.
While we aren't legal experts and recommend you consult your own attorneys, for businesses this seems to imply that you should be taking every precaution possible to protect your employees, clients, suppliers, or others you come into contact with. If you don't you could be risking a similar lawsuit.
This is the new normal.