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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Caijing on recent developments in the Sanlu melamine-tainted milk scandal

Here's a piece from Caijing's English edition on recent developments in the tainted milk scandal. Although the central government has issued a directive saying that treatment for affected babies should be free, the directive has not been accompanied by any specific measures to make it effective. Thus, parents in many cases are still having to pay for treatment, and if they can't afford it, treatment won't be provided. At the same time that it has ineffectively promised aid, the central government seems to have effectively preented parents from seeking aid themselves through the legal system: no court anywhere in the country has yet accepted a lawsuit in this matter, with some saying they have been told to wait for instructions. No courts to my knowledge have indicated that they rejected the lawsuits because of some legal infirmity in the claims.

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