Far fewer coronavirus-related lawsuits have been filed against China in the past few months than previously, an ebb that may reflect any one of several good reasons why would-be plaintiffs would want to wait before bringing a case.
Shira Anderson is an associate at Arnold & Porter, where her practice focuses on international and cross-jurisdictional matters. Before joining the firm, Shira served as a foreign law clerk to the Honorable Esther Hayut, President of the Supreme Court of Israel, and as a foreign law clerk to the Honorable Yael Willner, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. Prior to law school, Shira worked for several years in high tech and, prior to that, served in the IDF’s Foreign Relations Unit, where she worked closely with the International Law Department and the ICRC. Shira holds a J.D. and an L.L.M in International and Comparative Law, magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law.
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As a foreign sovereign state, China can take a more creative approach to responding—or not—to lawsuits filed against it in U.S. courts concerning the coronavirus.
Several individuals, small businesses and states have filed a total of at least 14 different suits against China (and affiliated entities and officials) based on its perceived culpability in causing the coronavirus pandemic.