Wednesday, December 2, 2009
A Chinese court is hearing the first civil case seeking damages for injuries suffered in connection with the China milk scandal. The case, brought by a parent whose child became ill after consuming baby formula which contained the industrial chemical melamine, is seeking $8000 from a dairy group and a supermarket. The government has already ordered the payment of $161 million to the hundreds of thousands of families whose children became ill or died as a result of consuming the tainted milk. However, some of the families argue that this compensation is inadequate. The Chinese court rejected an effort by the families to sue together as a group, and so far, six cases have been accepted by the courts.