The Façade of COVID-19 Class Action Litigation Against China Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

In recent weeks, at least seven class action lawsuits have been filed in federal district courts throughout the United States against the government of the People’s Republic of China (the “P.R.C.” or “China”), all relating to China’s alleged liability for damages and injuries sustained in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although plaintiffs in these lawsuits make broadly different claims, they all face the same highly formidable legal roadblock: a need to find exceptions that can pierce the presumptive immunity afforded to China and other sovereign nations under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”), 28 U.S.C. § 1602, et seq., which would otherwise preclude their claims at the outset for lack of jurisdiction.

Why Is AMLO Trying to Roll Back Mexico’s Energy Reforms?

Greg Ahlgren, partner at Diaz, Reus: “Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s policy proposals seek to energize support for his party prior to the midterm elections in June. Consistent with his nationalist approach to economic matters, AMLO is promoting energy independence as a national objective. Not surprisingly from a government that frequently reminds world leaders of Mexico’s sovereignty, AMLO has made a point to consolidate a variety of functions under state-controlled institutions, and his current proposals in the energy sector exemplify this.