Florida Law Firm Sues Chinese Regime for Mishandling Virus

March 20, 2020 Updated: March 21, 2020
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NEW YORK—The damage has been done, but as long as the pandemic from sustained human-to-human transmission of the CCP virus, which originated from Wuhan, China, continues, businesses and people are likely to take more losses.

NTD refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the ‘CCP virus’ because the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) coverup and mismanagement allowed it to spread throughout China and become a global pandemic.

In light of the harm, a Florida law firm is suing the People’s Republic of China for its mishandling of the CCP virus outbreak. They claim that their clients “have or are virtually certain to suffer physical illness or death, as well as emotional distress” because of the pandemic, which has now hit the United States.

“We feel that the Chinese government knew about the disease,” said senior litigation strategist of The Berman Law Group Jeremy Alters in an interview with NTD News. “They knew about the virus, they did nothing to contain it, and they tried to protect their own economic self-interest, and didn’t disclose what they knew, until it was too late, and it became a widespread pandemic thereafter.”

He said they have reason to believe that the CCP knew the virus was a problem before Jan. 1. The initial complaint cites a series of events that accuses the communist regime of deceptively downplaying the outbreak.

The events included the eight doctors who were censored by the CCP when they tried to raise the alarm about the SARS-like virus. It also accuses the CCP of withholding the COVID-19 genome sequence for over two weeks before making their findings public.

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People attend a vigil to mourn for doctor Li Wenliang in Hong Kong, on Feb. 7, 2020. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Alters said those 17 days were important and could have made a big difference. He added that the damages are mounting.

“But we won’t know the extent of the damage until, hopefully very soon, this all passes,” he said.

“But once that is done, I expect it to be in the hundreds of billions, if not trillions of dollars, that we will be seeking. Will we recover that?

“Again, that is up to China’s participation, and up to China to take responsibility for what they’ve done,” he said.

And if China doesn’t cooperate, Alters said there are ways to get them to participate in the case. He said the case attorneys can ask the court to seize the regime’s property, like ships coming into the United States, to pressure them to cooperate.

Many More Plaintiffs

At the moment, five plaintiffs are listed in the initial complaint. All are individuals and business owners who have already suffered from the unfolding pandemic.

One of the plaintiffs owned a company that taught children how to play baseball. Alters said that the pandemic has led that business to shutter.

He added that the company may end up bankrupt and out of business.

However, the law firm is planning to add many more plaintiffs onto the suit, representing different sectors of society. Alters also said that Chinese people have contacted the law firm to share their sufferings.

“We have had hundreds of calls—hundreds of calls—including people from China who have emailed us or gone onto our website and talked to us about this disease and how it’s affected them,” he said.

Alters emphasized that the suit is against the People’s Republic of China—not the Chinese people. He said they believe the people of China were also misled by the communist regime about the virus.

From NTD News

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