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China at threat from Covid-19 related compensation claims

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In addition to the dreadful effects on global human health and wellbeing, the ongoing coronavirus Covid-19 crisis is also having a seismic economic impact on businesses and organisations operating in all sectors and in all countries. As a by-product of this economic upheaval, commercial and civil lawyers are predicting an tsunami of legal actions in all jurisdictions as businesses’ and individuals turn to the courts for compensation resulting from Covid-19 related illness, death and economic disruption.

One of the main targets for claimants is the Chinese state, fuelled by rumours that the Beijing government has suppressed evidence and did not alert the World Health Organisation in time as to the potential effects of Covid-19. In one example, the US state of Missouri has recently lodged a civil lawsuit in State courts against the Chinese government, claiming that the PRC government had arrested whistleblowers and concealed the extremely contagious nature of Covid-19 which in turn has led to severe economic damage and loss of life in the US state. In commenting on the pending legal action, Missouri’s attorney general said:

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. The Chinese government … must be held accountable for their actions.”

Huge Compensation Claims Totals

Elsewhere in the US, a number of class action lawsuits have already been filed by private groups seeking to pursue compensation claims for damages; overall, it is likely that the Chinese Government will be faced with trillions of dollars of such claims. However, such claims face significant challenges to have any hope of success, in particular the immunity under US law given foreign states through the US Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976

In the UK, the Chinese ambassador gave a dismissive response to potential compensation claims, saying that such action was reminiscent of 19th-century European colonial wars:

This disinformation about China covering up, about China hiding something – this is not true…the Chinese government was transparent and very quick to share data. Some other countries, their local courts sued China – it is absurd. Some politicians, some people, want to play at being the world’s policeman – this is not the era of gunboat diplomacy, this is not the era when China was a semi-colonial, semi-feudal society.”

 

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