Call us today0800 160 1298
 
 

Advantage Litigation

Welcome to Advantage Litigation Services. We provide affordable access to commercial litigation.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form

China at threat from Covid-19 related compensation claims

Posted by on in Uncategorized
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 260
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

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.”

 

Commercial Litigation Funding

If you are thinking about taking legal action against another individual or company but are worried about the costs involved, Advantage Litigation Services have the skills and expertise to help you find a way of funding commercial litigation without risking your personal finances or those of your business. Click here to contact us today or call 0800 160 1298 to see how we can help.

 

Get in touch

  1. Your Name(*)
    Please let us know your name.
  2. Your Email(*)
    Please let us know your email address.
  3. Company Name(*)
    Please write a subject for your message.
  4. Your Phone Number
    Invalid Input
  5. Message(*)
    Please let us know your message.
  6. Anti-Spam, please enter the characters shown
    Anti-Spam, please enter the characters shown
    Invalid Input

Latest News

  • A recent decision by the Court of Appeal now means that car making giants Volkswagen will not be able to appeal the decision that it did circumvent EU clean air regulations. The decision is a key preliminary issue in the current class action the German manufacturer is facing. Read More

  • New data recently published by the The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) has revealed that complaints made against law firms in the UK have seen a 9% increase based on the previous year. The new data, based on the most recently available figures for 2019, show that there were just under 30,900 ‘first tier’ complaints received, compared to just under 28,300 in 2018. Legal sector analysts have suggested that new changes in transparency laws, introduced at the end of 2018, may have contributed to the higher numbers with law firms now being compelled to publish details of how and when their clients lodge complaints. Overall, Law firms managed to resolve 80% of all complaints themselves, slightly less than 2018 but a big improvement on 2012 data where 71% of complaints were resolved without recourse to the regulator or formal legal proceedings. Delays, advice... Read More

  • Business at all levels is underpinned by contracts. These can range from simple verbal agreements for low value transactions through to complex and detailed written agreements between corporations and governments. To save on the risk of future avoidable legal actions, writing a contract that is suitable for the transaction or agreement is key. A contract is a pledge, between two or more parties (be they individuals or organisations), that is legally binding. It is designed to the fulfilment of commitment in exchange for something of value. Whilst some contracts may be made verbally, there are some that must be in writing, such as for a property transaction. Contracts – why are they important? A contracts is designed to make sure that ensure that your position and interests are protected by law and that both parties understand that there is a clear and... Read More