China Refuses to Accept Service of Berman Law Group's Coronavirus Class Action Complaint
China's Ministry of Justice erroneously claims that the Class Action lawsuit infringes on their sovereignty immunity and that China is not subject to jurisdiction of U.S. Courts.
By: Berman Law Group
MIAMI - Jan. 21, 2021 - PRLog -- China's Ministry of Justice has notified the Plaintiffs that it is refusing to serve any of the defendants in the country's first-filed class action related to China's role in the COVID pandemic. The Ministry erroneously claims that serving the lawsuit on the defendants, including the Communist Party of China and the lab allegedly responsible for harboring the virus, would infringe China's sovereign immunity and security.
"The fact that China cites their 'security' as a reason for denying that U.S. courts have jurisdiction for this lawsuit is particularly rich considering the abhorrent acts alleged in the complaint," said Matthew Moore, lead attorney for Berman Law Group. "We stand by our allegations that each of the defendants named in the lawsuit is responsible for unleashing this pandemic on the U.S. and the rest of the world and cannot hide behind 'sovereign immunity.'"
Recent news reports have highlighted China's alleged efforts to destroy early evidence of the virus outbreak and scrub the truth of how the virus spread so easily. From the beginning of this lawsuit in March 2020, Berman Law Group has maintained that China's failure to warn anyone — and the silencing of those who tried — resulted in COVID-19's unprecedented, direct impacts on U.S. citizens and businesses, creating a clear path to jurisdiction in U.S. courts.
Berman Law Group remains committed to the lawsuit and proving China's responsibility. Under the international Hague Convention and established U.S. law, Plaintiffs may now seek a default judgment against the defendants. In December, the lawsuit was transferred to newly appointed federal judge, the Honorable Aileen M. Cannon, and Plaintiffs look forward to demonstrating that sovereign immunity does not apply here.
"We continue to demand that China be accountable and pay for what they have done, and China can afford to pay," said Moore. "They have billions in assets here in the U.S. that are subject to the Court's jurisdiction, and they cannot ignore their dependence on a favorable trade environment."
Learn more about the lawsuit at demandchinapay.org.
About Berman Law Group
Established in 2008, Berman Law Group has expanded to become a national law firm with numerous offices in Florida and across the U.S., after quickly garnering a well-deserved reputation as an indefatigable and fearless defender of its clients' rights and social justice. The firm is headquartered in Boca Raton and has four other offices in Florida, as well as offices in New York City, Atlanta, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. For additional information see: https://www.bermanlawgroup.com/
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