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Class Action Suit Filed In US Seeking $20 Trillion Damages From China For COVID-19 Pandemic

Nilashish Chaudhary
24 March 2020 2:33 AM GMT
Class Action Suit Filed In US Seeking $20 Trillion Damages From China For COVID-19 Pandemic
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The suit is based on a conspiracy theory that the virus is man-made, a claim discarded by scientific community.
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A class action suit has been filed in the United States of America (USA) alleging that the People's Republic of China released COVID-19 virus from an illegal bioweapons facility in Wuhan. The lawsuit, filed in a District Court of Texas, USA, seeks punitive damages in excess of $20 Trillion U.S Dollars. The Chinese Government, its military (also the Major General) and the Wuhan Institute of Virology (along with its Director) are also sought to be tried jointly and severally as joint tortfeasors.

The suit is filed by Larry Klayman, who has a history of filing off-beat cases, and his group Freedom Watch, and a Texas-based company Buzz photos.

In this civil suit, it is alleged that China and its agencies are responsible for the creation and release, whether accidental or otherwise, of COVID-19 virus. It is alleged that this is a biological weapon, which has been released, recklessly or otherwise, in violation of China's obligations under international treaties, from the Institute of Virology in to the city of Wuhan. Asserting that "biological weapons have been outlawed since at least 1925", damages  have been sought from China for allegedly releasing COVID-19.

Researchers and public health experts have repeatedly discarded the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus was man-made, with studies showing it originated as an animal virus that eventually jumped to humans.

Citing news reports to inform the court that over 3000 US citizens have been infected with COVID-19 till Match 15, while 61 deaths have been reported till the same date, the plaintiffs submit that the "class" of joinders is so large, and constantly expanding, which makes it impractical to include their names. Since many of those affected are dead, sick, suffering emotional distress, economic losses, etc., the certification of the lead plaintiff as a class is satisfied under Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), the plaint states.

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