Eric Schmitt, Missouri’s Attorney General, states that China needs to be sued over the devastating economic losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, Missouri has filed a lawsuit in the federal court system, and is being heralded as the first State to do so. It is assumed, I am guessing, that more States are expected to follow suit. At first, I thought the lawsuit by Missouri might be unconstitutional. The Eleventh Amendment, ratified February 7, 1795, disallows the federal court system from hearing cases against a State, or the citizens of a State, by another State, citizens of another State, by a foreign state, or the citizens or subjects of a foreign state. In short, China could not sue Missouri through the federal court system. However, Missouri is free to sue China. The arrow only points in one direction.
The lawsuit, filed this morning in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, alleges, “During the critical weeks of the initial outbreak, Chinese authorities deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment (“PPE”)—thus causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.” (Here’s the Link on Schmitt’s website)
China’s dishonesty about the coronavirus leads one to believe that they should pay the price for their deception, misrepresentation, and concealment by the Chinese government of the origins of the coronavirus. But, with the liberal left progressive slant on the federal courts here in America, and regarding global courts around the world, I am not going to hold my breath.