China isn’t the only one that will be facing court cases. So will governors as Lindsay Wiley explains in an op-ed at the Washington Post:
If individuals or businesses affected by long-term interventions to combat the pandemic choose to sue, the courts would not be limited to an all-or-nothing approach. Judicial orders could require authorities to demonstrate that they are implementing public health surveillance measures to determine which areas are affected by significant community transmission and will, in due course, implement widespread testing and surveillance to tailor the timing, geographic scope and severity of public health restrictions so as to maximize benefits while minimizing harms.
It will be a full employment program for plaintiff’s attorneys. Even in an emergency elected and appointed officials are constrained by law and takings are takings.