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Federal Volunteer Protection Act — Additional Liability Issues

Federal Volunteer Protection Act — Additional Liability Issues

Liability of Nonprofit Organizations and Governmental Entities

The federal Volunteer Protection Act (VPA) grants civil immunity to a volunteer who harms a person while performing services for a nonprofit organization or governmental entity. However, the VPA does not grant immunity to the nonprofit organization or governmental entity. Therefore, the VPA does not prohibit the person who has been harmed by the volunteer from filing a lawsuit against the organization or entity.

Liability of Volunteers to Nonprofit Organizations and Governmental Entities

The VPA does not prohibit a lawsuit against a volunteer by a nonprofit organization or governmental entity. The VPA only applies to lawsuits against a volunteer by a person who has been harmed by the volunteer while the volunteer was performing services for a nonprofit organization or governmental entity.

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