Missouri Becomes First State to Sue China Over Coronavirus

Missouri Becomes First State to Sue China Over Coronavirus

The state's action will likely end up being largely symbolic, however, since lawsuits against other countries typically don't go anywhere because US law generally prohibits them.

Chimène Keitner, an global law professor at the University of California at Hastings College of Law, said she did not "see any portion of this lawsuit succeeding under the law as it now stands". All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access.

A Chinese official has dismissed a lawsuit against the country filed by the state of Missouri and called on the U.S.to reject such an "abuse" of litigation.

Last week, Congressmen Chris Smith and Ron Wright had introduced a legislation that would strip China and other countries of their sovereign immunity if they intentionally made misrepresentations regarding the coronavirus, thereby allowing USA citizens, businesses and the local government to sue those governments for the deaths, pain and suffering, and economic losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It's a movement that has drawn increasing support in conservative circles.

The lawsuit alleged that China hid evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus and hoarded masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) would amend FSIA to allow lawsuits against any foreign state that "discharges a biological weapon".

Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas and Sen.

"The CCP unleashed this pandemic", Hawley said in announcing his bill on April 14. Missouri's action is likely to be largely symbolic, however, since lawsuits against other countries typically don't go anywhere because U.S. law generally prohibits them.

But some critics have charged that the focus on suing China is simply a political strategy to divert attention from the USA government's own failures to take more proactive and aggressive action against the virus.

Keitner said she considered the proposals by lawmakers to do away with China's sovereign immunity to go were a "total nightmare".

Adding insult to injury, Australia has called for an "independent review" into "issues around coronavirus" and the way China dealt with it. Firing back, Beijing urged "these people" to respect "facts, science and worldwide consensus".

The lawsuit, however, is less likely to succeed as American law grants broad immunity to foreign authorities in regard to civil jurisdiction of American courts according to a New York Times report.

"Knowing full well that they had a deadly, and highly contagious disease on their hands, as late as mid-January China's communist leaders told the World Health Organization that there was no need for any precautions, as everything was under control".

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters Wednesday that the Missouri lawsuit-accusing China of not doing enough to warn of and stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak-is "nothing short of absurdity".

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