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As of the end of July, there have been nearly 800 COVID-related lawsuits filed in New York. In New York, courts will not hesitate to enforce a release relieving a business from negligence claims. Releases are seen most often in voluntary activities, like sports and other entertainment. So long as the language of a release clearly absolves a business from its own acts of negligence, a plaintiff who is injured during one of these activities will not be able to sue a business for damages for negligence. In the seminal case of Gross v. Sweet, 49 N.Y.2d 102 (N.Y. 1979),…