LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A class action lawsuit filed Monday in Nevada District Court seeks unspecified damages from China for the harm it has caused to small businesses in the United States.
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In a 23-page summary, the lawsuit accuses China of causing the coronavirus pandemic by sponsoring reckless experiments at a bio lab in Wuhan, China. The lawsuit was filed by Las Vegas attorneys led by Robert T. Eglet of Las Vegas. Lawyers are seeking a jury trial.
The lawsuit also says the country engaged in a cover-up of COVID-19. The Law Office of Eglet-Adams said China has a duty to be transparent because their actions can have a negative effect on the world.
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Eglet said the lawsuit is against China’s government and not the Chinese people or American Chinese, as they are also victims.
Five small businesses are named as plaintiffs, including a CPR services company, a company that wholesales flowers, and Bella Vita LLC, a company that runs a restaurant in Las Vegas.
The lawsuit assigns blame for the spread of the virus to the US by allowing travel from Nov. 17, 2019 to Feb. 2, 2020, and seeks compensation for the catastrophic damage it has done to US tourism and small businesses.
“My message to the government of China is they need to stop engaging in the type of conduct they have engaged in so far with this and any future problems, because if anybody thinks this cant happen in the future, it certainly can,” said Eglet.
The lawsuit names the People’s Republic of China, the country’s National Health Commission, Ministry of Emergency Management, Ministry of Civil Affairs, and also the province of Hubei and the city of Wuhan.
Eglet said China has a great deal of holdings in the United States, including hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds, so this judgment is collectable.
It could take years for a judgement on the lawsuit, but attorneys said they are in the for the long haul.