Berman Law Group chief strategist and non-attorney spokesman Jeremy Alters said a second class-action lawsuit representing health care workers was necessary as China’s alleged hoarding of PPE could be directly impacting American health care workers’ ability to protect themselves from the virus as they treat their patients.

“They took all of these goods, got them in China, and have restricted the ability for the United States to get them,” said Berman Law Group chief strategist and non-attorney spokesman Jeremy Alters said of China.

“Not only are they not containing the virus the way they’re supposed to, not only are you not telling the world about the effects of this virus but now you’re keeping the equipment we need to stay safe, especially our health care workers?”

Alters expressed confidence that both of the class action lawsuits his firm filed will have standing in federal court, citing exemptions in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), which would typically render a sovereign country China immune from matters of legal liability.

Republican Rep. Lance Gooden of Texas introduced legislation in early April that would add an additional amendment to FSIA strip immunity from sovereign countries found to have “discharged a biological weapon” either intentionally or unintentionally.

Alters said his firm would welcome additional amendments to FSIA, but said they wouldn’t be necessary for their cases against China.

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