Is China ready for $300 trillion coronavirus lawsuit? Missouri became the first state to file a lawsuit against China for ‘enormous’ consequences of coronavirus ‘deceit’
Could this be the end of China’s economy as we know it? Missouri on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against China for ‘enormous’ consequences of coronavirus ‘deceit,’ making it the first U.S. state to file such a suit. In a lawsuit filed at the Eastern District of Missouri, the state accused China of being responsible for the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and seeking damages to make up for “the enormous loss of life, human suffering, and economic turmoil” resulting from the disease.
“This civil action seeks to hold Defendants accountable for the extraordinary publichealth crisis that they created in pursuit of profit, and to begin the process of healing those families and communities that have suffered from the opioid epidemic,” the plaintiff said in section of the lawsuit.
The suit follows at least seven federal class-action suits that have been filed by private groups, with one filed in Florida saying that China knew “COVID-19 was dangerous and capable of causing a pandemic. The federal class-action suit filed in Florida accused the Chinese Communist Party of negligence, lies and cover-up. The suit is seeking over $6 trillion in coronavirus reparations.
“In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real – thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from dying loved ones, small businesses are shuttering their doors, and those living paycheck to paycheck are struggling to put food on their table,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement.
The text of the lawsuit lays the blame for the pandemic’s consequences squarely at China’s feet. “The repeated unlawful and unreasonable acts and omissions of” China, the Missouri suit claims, “have been injurious to—and have significantly interfered with—the lives, health, and safety of substantial numbers of Missouri residents, ruining lives and damaging the public order and economy of the State of Missouri.”
“An appalling campaign of deceit, concealment, misfeasance, and inaction by Chinese authorities unleashed this pandemic,” the suit reads. “During the critical weeks of the initial outbreak, Chinese authorities deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment—thus causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.”
In the meantime, the Florida class action suit brought by the Berman Law Group in Florida against the Chinese Communist Party has so far signed up 10,000 people, including grieving family members of those who have died after contracting COVID-19 and healthcare workers who have suffered as a result of a lack of personal protective equipment. Jeremy Alters, the chief strategist behind the lawsuit in Florida, said getting China to pay up is about taking accountability for the tragic human and economic devastated that has crippled the world.