The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is to be held accountable to the rest of the world for its part in allowing the CCP Virus (COVID-19) to become a pandemic, and the first state to file a lawsuit is Missouri, as according to its claim, has lost billions due to the outbreak of the virus.
The CCP has been involved in deceit, by misrepresentation, concealment, and retaliation to conceal the gravity and seriousness of the virus outbreak from the rest of the world, according to a lawsuit by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. So he’s suing China, three government ministries, two local governments, two laboratories and the CCP in U.S. District Court.
“The Chinese government (CCP) lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of COVID-19, silenced whistleblowers, and did little to stop the spread of the disease. They must be held accountable for their actions,” Schmitt said in a release.
Schmitt claims the CCP Virus pandemic was exacerbated by the deliberate “hoarding” of personal protective equipment (PPE). According to reports, the CCP had withheld any quality PPE, only allowing defective equipment to be bought by the United States and other countries, endangering the lives of first responders and other health care workers.
“There’s been untold suffering across the globe, including here in Missouri, and we want to hold them accountable for that,” said Schmitt.
Lea Brilmayer, professor of international law at Yale Law School said, however, that China is protected by sovereign immunity. “A sovereign is not supposed to sue a sovereign, and that’s what’s going on here,” she said, reports NPR.
“This is a last-ditch effort to do something to respond to the political situation,” she said. Missouri may find it difficult to push forward with a lawsuit against China, Schmitt said his legal argument can be strengthened by the fact the CCP is a nonstate actor, and also there are exceptions for commercial activities, and he classifies laboratories and hospitals as commercial ventures.
While Missouri is the first state to sue the Chinese regime over the pandemic, other groups and individuals have also lodged claims.
Frontline health care workers have filed a lawsuit in a federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida against the CCP, claiming it has stopped the export of gloves, goggles, and other PPE, then selling the equipment at much-inflated prices while people around the world are suffering and dying from the CCP Virus.
“It’s almost straight out of a movie—let’s cause the world to get a virus and let’s profit off of it,’” said Jeremy Alters, a spokesman for the Boca Raton-based Berman Law Group.
Those involved in the lawsuit include a doctor from New York, a doctor and nurse from West Virginia, a New Jersey surgical technologist, and a nurse from Florida. They claim that their suit could cover nearly 4 million U.S. healthcare workers, reported the New York Post.
“In New York, we have doctors and nurses in garbage bags,” Alters said, referring to a shocking report by The Post.