WTH can we do to make China pay for the coronavirus? Debating the pros and cons of suing Beijing

04.29.2020 - By What the Hell Is Going On

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The coronavirus has cost the US thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. As it becomes increasingly apparent that the Chinese government’s negligence exacerbated the virus’ spread, legal scholars, politicians, and citizens alike have questioned whether America should hold Beijing financially liable.

David Rivkin joined Dany and Marc to outline the legal case for suing China for coronavirus damages. The three debate the merits of the case, whether it’s realistic to expect China to pay, and the legal precedent.

David Rivkin, a partner at Baker Hostetler LLP, is a member of the firm’s litigation, international and environmental groups and he co-chairs the firm’s appellate and major motions team. He served at the Justice Department and the White House Counsel’s Office during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations.

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