A $20 trillion lawsuit has been filed against the Chinese authorities over the outbreak of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The plaintiffs, viz. Larry Klayman, Freedom Watch Inc., Buzz Photos, and others are members of class and subclass who are affected by the abovementioned pandemic and are therefore entitled to file a class action suit. The said lawsuit has been filed against the People’s Republic of China, The People’s Liberation Army, Wuhan Institute of Virology as well as its director Shi Zhengli and Major General Chen Wei.
The aforementioned lawsuit has been filed claiming that COVID-19 is actually a bio weapon that was created and released, accidently/recklessly or otherwise, from the Wuhan Institute of Virology into the city of Wuhan, China, which later on spread in the entire world including the USA. It is also alleged vide the said lawsuit that the said act of creation and release of COVID-19 as a biological weapon is in violation of “Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological), and toxin weapons and on Their Destruction” as well as “Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare” as China being signatory to both of them. It is further contended by the Plaintiff in the said lawsuit that the abovementioned commission and omission with respect to spread of COVID-19 as a bioweapon constitutes international terrorism. Therefore, the said lawsuit is filed for damages and equitable relief for various cause of action inter alia aiding and abetting the risk of death or serious bodily injuries to United States citizens and members of the class and subclasses, provision of material support to terrorists, conspiracy to cause injury and even death of US citizens and members of the class and subclasses, negligence, wrongful death, assault and battery.
The Defendants are accused of causing grave mental, physical and financial injury to the citizens of the United States so much so that thousands of workers have been left unemployed or underemployed and leading to the worst result, i.e. numerous deaths. The plaint mentions 41 reported deaths in the USA as a result of this outbreak.
According to the petitioners, COVID-19 was designed by China to be a very “effective” and catastrophic biological warfare weapon to kill mass populations. Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military intelligence has also been mentioned in the plaint testifying to the creation of bio weapons at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The plaintiffs have further accused the Chinese Government of concealing the information about the initial release of COVID-19 in the country. The plaint states that those, including doctors and researchers, trying to spread the word in China about the new COVID-19 disease were either arrested or disappeared.
Dr. Li Wenliang of Wuhan has been stated to have violated the Chinese censorship and inform the world about this fatal virus through a chat room of his classmates on December 30, 2019 who was eventually reprimanded and silenced by the Chinese Government.
China has also been accused to have allegedly prepared and stockpile the virus as a biological weapon to be used against its perceived enemies, including but not limited to the people of the United States. On this premise the relevant provisions of Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (“JASTA”) is relied upon by the plaintiffs therein.
Based upon the abovementioned the plaintiffs has prayed before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas to hold the defendants liable, jointly and severally, for inter alia compensatory and actual damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, costs all aggregating in excess of $20 trillion, after conducting a jury trial against the Defendants.