A deliberate attempt by the Chinese Communist Party to cover up the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus, now called the CCP virus, for economic gain, has caused untold damage to the health of individuals, the loss of livelihoods, and plummeted the economy into chaos.
In early March, a U.S. law firm, the Berman Law Group based in Miami joined forces with the lobbying and public affairs firm Lucas | Compton, which includes among its former clients Trump Organization executive Vice President George Sorial. He is an attorney who has worked closely with President Trump since 2002. The Berman Law Group is advised by Francis Biden, the younger brother of former Vice President Joe Biden.
They are pushing a federal class-action lawsuit that is aimed at holding the CCP accountable for the worldwide economic train wreck that has resulted from the mishandling of the virus in Wuhan.
“We believe that this is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is an American issue,” Berman’s chief strategist and non-attorney spokesman Jeremy Alters, a prominent Democratic fundraiser, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “The best way to do this is with a bipartisan effort to hold China accountable.”
“Anyone who is willing to participate and help, we plan to work with to help move this lawsuit forward to collect for the citizens of the United States for this terrible tragedy that’s happened,” Alters said. “But there’s no one better to help us show a strong unified bipartisan effort in this lawsuit than Lucas | Compton.”
Travis Lucas echoed the sentiment of Alters and hopes their bipartisan partnership will become a “paradigm” for Congress to follow suit. “We should be unified in our response and our strategy about how we manage and navigate the situation with the government of China,” Lucas said. “The government of China needs to be held accountable, not only to its people but also the rest of the world.”
The CCP, “acting from their own economic self-interest and looking to protect their place as a super-power, failed to report the outbreak as quickly as they could have,” the lawsuit states.
Chinese authorities took 17 days after they became aware of the viral outbreak before they made the information public, and doctors who had tried to alert other health care workers of the outbreak were punished and silenced.
Anders anticipated there will be hundreds of millions of Americans that have suffered health issues or financial loss because of the CCP Virus and will be eligible to join the lawsuit.
Damages sought by U.S. citizens may well reach into the trillions, said Anders. “The number grows every day. It started at hundreds of billions and now we’re well into the trillions,” Alters said. “You have literally almost every restaurant in the country shut down with the exception of takeout, you have businesses like airlines losing money hand over fist every day.”
Sovereign countries like China typically are protected by the doctrine of sovereign immunity in matters of legal liability, but the class-action lawsuit argues that federal courts have jurisdiction in this matter due to the commercial activity exception spelled out in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
“China has massive assets in the United States,” Alters noted. “If China has been reckless and careless with the health of our citizens, I am confident that the court and our government will hold them accountable under the law with enforcement against their assets or their businesses in the United States.”
“There are many ways that this can proceed ahead and pressure on their business interests here is one of them,” he said.
“The more Americans that become part of this lawsuit, the more powerful it will be,” Alters said.