SPRINGDALE, Ark — Tyson Foods filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday (July 22) seeking relief from liability stemming from four COVID-related deaths of its employees during the early days of the pandemic.
Officials with Springdale-based Tyson Foods have repeatedly said they complied with then-President Donald Trump’s 2020 Executive Order that required food processing plants to remain open during the earliest days of the pandemic.
Tyson claims that since it was following a federal order, the company should be absolved from liability in several lawsuits filed in state courts by the families of employees who died from the virus.
Tyson argued that in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions in supply and high consumer demand threatened to create national food shortages. The federal government responded by requiring private industry such as meat-processing facilities to remain open in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Tyson said it complied with the formal Executive Order and followed all the protocol provided from the regulatory agencies.
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