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A Positive Step by Chinese Lawyers!

Posted by msrb on October 2, 2008

Chinese Lawyers Act in Sanlu-Fonterra Corporate Manslaughter Case

Two Chinese lawyers have filed a suit against Sanlue-Fonterra joint venture dairy operation in China. It is hoped that their example would lead to more legal cases obtaining adequate compensation for the families of the dead and injured babies.

Allow No Insult Added to Injury!

Although, no amount of monetary compensation can ever replace a lost loved one, the parents and families of the dead and injured babies shouldn’t have to be financially worse off now than they were before, when their infants were actually healthy. That would be insult added to injury! [Note: Most of the Chinese parents, and  their dead and sickened babies, were victimized in the tainted infant formula scandal because they trusted Fonterra in the  Sanlu-Fonterra partnership.]

ZHENGZHOU, Sept. 18, 2008 – Parents and their infants queue for medical treatment of their infants sickened by Sanlu-Fonterra tainted baby milk powder at the Children’s Hospital of Zhengzhou in Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province, Sept. 17, 2008. (Xinhua/Zhao Peng. Image may be subject to copyright.

The following excerpts from a WSJ Law Blog Entry:

Two Chinese lawyers are boldly leading the way in the country’s tainted milk drama. Zhang Xingkuan and Ji Cheng, of Beijing’s Deheng Law Office, have filed suit against a Chinese dairy company on behalf of the parents of a one-year old boy allegedly sickened by tainted milk powder.

Zhang tells the WSJ that they’re seeking compensation of 150,000 yuan ($21,900) to cover hospital fees, travel expenses, time off from work and other costs. The attorney said that the parents claim the boy developed kidney stones from drinking milk powder made by Sanlu. Sanlu’s officials couldn’t be reached for comment. According to a report in the Washington Post, nine of the brands containing dangerous levels of melamine were produced by Sanlu, a 43 percent stake of which is owned by New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra.  More …

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