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A lawyer who represented victims of the Las Vegas shooting massacre has filed a federal lawsuit over the coronavirus, seeking class-action damages from China for 32 million U.S. small businesses.

Attorney Robert Eglet said Tuesday that China was reckless, negligent and covered up information about COVID-19 instead of sharing details that might have prevented its spread.

He says the Chinese government could be responsible for billions or trillions of dollars in lost business income and profits.

Chinese Embassy officials in the U.S. did not immediately respond to emails. Before the lawsuit was announced, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said people should stop making wrongful remarks stigmatizing China.