A suit has been filed in a Texas District Court in the US seeking compensatory damages of over $20 trillion US Dollars against China for the “creation and release, accidental or otherwise” of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a biological weapon in violation of China’s international obligations.
The plaintiffs have sought a whopping $20 trillion, which even surpasses the Chinese GDP, claiming coronavirus is the result of a biological weapon prepared by Beijing.
They have accused China of aiding and abetting death, provision of material support to terrorists, conspiracy to cause injury and death of US citizens, negligence, wrongful death, and assault and battery.
They allege the virus had released from the Wuhan Virology Institute. The plaintiffs stated that the COVID-19 virus was “designed” by China to kill mass populations. Biological weapons were outlawed in 1925 and hence such a biological weapon is a terrorist-related weapon of mass destruction, the lawsuit mentioned.
The lead plaintiffs in the class-action suit are Buzz Photos, whose business was affected following the standstill occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, a non-profit corporation, Freedom Watch Inc and an individual from Florida, Larry Klazman.
To build their case, the plaintiffs cite multiple reports concerning the Chinese Government’s efforts to silence doctors from releasing information about the new disease initially and also about a prominent Chinese health professional – Major General Chen Wei’s attempt to self-inject an untested vaccine, in an alleged attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Citing an opinion published by The Hill, the plaintiffs contend that the theory has been endorsed by experts. It is also added that “the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a new directive titled: “Instructions on strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.”
A Las Vegas law firm says it has filed a class action complaint on behalf of “small businesses” nationwide against the Chinese government over the coronavirus pandemic.
Eglet Adams alleges that China engaged in a cover-up of the pandemic, contributing to the global spread of the coronavirus and leading to hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses to small businesses throughout the United States, including Nevada.
In India, a Bihar Court is yet to hear a complaint filed by an Advocate Sudheer Kumar Ojha, alleging that the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese ambassador Sun Weidongmanufactured the Coronavirus virus in a lab in Wuhan pursuant to a conspiracy to become a “superpower”.
To substantiate his claim, the complainant had relied upon a book titled ‘The Eyes of Darkness‘ which was published in 1981, as per which a deadly virus named Wuhan 400 was manufactured in a lab in Wuhan, only to be used as a biological weapon. The complaint was earlier scheduled to be heard by the Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Hemant Kumar on March 24.
Until 1952, the U.S. generally took the position that the immunity of foreign sovereigns was absolute. That year, the State Department took the position that it would more closely examine claims of immunity where the case involved a commercial dispute.
That led to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in 1976, a law meant to protect foreign sovereigns from litigations. The Chinese Government is protected by the principle of sovereign immunity which is based on a shared understanding that countries will not allow their people to sue other countries if the other country disallows its people from suing the former.
The statutes are very broad and they do not require a foreign country to file a response against a complaint. So a Chinese company owned by the Government cannot be sued in the US. However there is a slight exception to the rule where the companies are organizations are owned by individuals in which case the US courts can trace the actual owner and the principle of sovereign defence will not apply. But none of this would have any application to a suit against the Chinese Government.
In such a case, the punishment is more likely to be political. The world has suffered trillions of dollars in losses from the virus, the economic fallout of which will last for a long time. As a result, world leaders may act against China for its behaviour.