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Josh Hawley Announces Justice for Victims of COVID-19 Act to Hold China Responsible

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley announced his intention to bring up the Justice for Victims of COVID-19 Act in the chamber on Tuesday. The legislation would hold China accountable for covering up the nature of the lethal global coronavirus disease, most significantly making the nation’s government liable to claims in the U.S. court system.

The law would create “a private right of action against the Chinese government for any reckless action it took that caused the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, such as its decisions to withhold information and to gag doctors.”

Individuals who were diagnosed with the coronavirus disease could potentially sue the Chinese government for damages in American courts. The legislation has similarities to the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which enabled Americans to sue the Saudi Arabian government for damages related to their role in the 9/11 attacks.

Read the full story from Big League Politics

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