Unmeritorious Case Of The Day: Missouri v. China

I’m keeping an eye on Missouri v. People’s Republic of China, a case just filed in the Eastern District of Missouri. The claim is against the Chinese government and several ministries and local governments, as well as the Communist Party of China and two institutes whose status is unclear, the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. For the moment I am going to assume that all of the defendants are either foreign states, political subdivisions of a foreign state, or agencies or instrumentalities of a foreign state, though I’ll discuss the CCP below. The claim is, more or less, that China is responsible for the global pandemic and the harm it has caused in the United States. (more…)

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