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Suing Chinese Companies

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In Liability Lawyers Struggle to Pierce the Chinese Curtain, the Washington Post chronicles the obstacles facing American lawyers in holding Chinese companies accountable for injuries caused by their products in the US.

The opacity and scarcity of regulation of Chinese business practices make investigations and evidence-gathering cumbersome and frustrating. Headquarters offices, once found, are often bare-bones operations. Records may be spotty or nonexistent. Unaffected by court orders, the level of cooperation is low. Sometimes the Chinese company will not show up to a U.S. court. [One lawyer] estimates that a lawsuit against a Chinese company typically lasts 10 years and costs five times as much as a normal case.

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