Missouri Attorney General Fires Legal Shot at Chinese Government over COVID-19

  • Missouri AG Eric Schmitt sued the People’s Republic of China and related entities and individuals (collectively “China”) for allegedly engaging in a campaign of deceit and misinformation regarding the original COVID-19 outbreak and thereby incurring liability under theories of creating a public nuisance, engaging in abnormally dangerous activities, and breach of its duties of care.
  • The complaint alleges that China is responsible for the death and illness of COVID-19 victims and for the economic losses suffered due to the pandemic because China purportedly suppressed information, falsely denied that the Coronavirus could be transmitted person-to-person, and arrested whistleblowers, among other things.
  • The complaint seeks injunctive relief, direct, consequential and punitive damages, civil penalties, and attorneys’ costs.