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Mississippi to Join Other States in Suing China

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — This week, Missouri became one of several states to decide it’s time to sue the Chinese government. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch says she intends to hold China “accountable for the malicious and dangerous acts that caused death, health injuries, and serious economic loss from the COVID-19 crisis.” Because China is protected by sovereign immunity, Fitch is asking Mississippi’s congressional delegation to support legislation that would make an exception in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to make it easier for Mississippi’s pending lawsuit to proceed. A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Missouri also accuses the Chinese government of hiding the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak from the rest of the world as well as making the pandemic worse by “hoarding” personal protective equipment, like masks.

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