The Florida Senate Committee on the Judiciary early this week passed Senate Bill 72, which provides liability protection from frivolous lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, entitled Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19, protects businesses against a COVID-19 related claim specifically requires a (state) court to dismiss without prejudice any lawsuit where the plaintiff fails to provide an affidavit of a physician attesting that the defendant caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Additionally, it dictates immunity from liability for the business if the court determines that it made a good faith effort to “substantially comply with government issued health standards or guidance.” Although it is still early in the legislative session and it has a long way to go – SB72 is now under consideration in the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism, the fact that it has already been approved by Judiciary bodes well for the possibility of the legislation getting to the Governor’s desk.