Saturday, March 2, 2024

Reds Beat General in Red

China won a round against Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch.  General Fitch sued the People's Republic of China in May 2021 for damages related to the Covid-19 pandemic in U.S. District Court. 

 The case has just sat there on U.S. District Judge Taylor McNeel's docket until the summons was finally returned on February 15.  


General Fitch had filed a motion for default judgement in July 2023.   However, Judge McNeel denied the motion yesterday for a simple reason.  The Court never entered default against Red China.  Since the Court never entered the default, The Attorney General could not ask for a default judgment. Judge McNeel expounded: 

Additionally, it is not clear from the Motion for Default Judgment what relief the State of Mississippi seeks from this Court. Though the State of Mississippi requested damages and injunctive relief from this Court in its Complaint [1], it makes no such request in its Motion for Default Judgment.2 Likewise, the State of Mississippi does not provide a proposed judgment to be entered or specify at all as to what it actually wants.

The opinion and docket are posted below. 


Anonymous said...

Just looking over the docket report, is it me, or did General Fitch serve a bunch of stale summonses?

If so, it will be interesting to see what happens when she tries to get an Entry of Default.

Anonymous said...

How embarrassing to omit a clerks entry of default. Looks like the AG has the recent law grads on this case.

Also, what is the point of this exercise? Even if a default was obtained, a dime won't be collected. This is a political grandstand and a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.

Anonymous said...

Like all her outfits and new furniture, everything about her is for show only.

Anonymous said...

Is there no end to this woman’s folly and vanity? Time, money and the talents of her long-suffering staff are used to sue China? Does Mississippi not have enough home-grown, self-inflicted problems to fully occupy the efforts of any conscientious public servant?
Ms. Fitch obviously sees a larger national role for herself. The problems, and now crises, she has brought the nation by her meddling in the life every American woman should give her pause. Nevertheless, she seems to struggle to become a big-enough fish in a very small pond.
If she is to continue to give us the benefit of her service, I suggest addressing the states’s immediate and obvious problems and leave law suits against China in more capable hands.
There is enough folly here; taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for more.

Anonymous said...

I do not pay her salary to pursue a career in international law. I pay her to address legal issues in this State.
Sadly, it appears that she is no more than an ornament as a lawyer or politician.

Anonymous said...

Just don’t ask her to look into local police misconduct. She will swat that away in 24 hours. Suing a foreign nation state, however, times and resources are available and ready.

Anonymous said...

Say what you will, but at least Shad's escapades seem somewhat connected to reality. Suing China? Seriously?

Anonymous said...

Bless her heart

Anonymous said...

Can we simply move on after adding this folly to the list of her incompetent actions and inactions and the fact that she's never been in a courtroom or stood before a judge other than in a personal matter?

Just one more question (in my best Columbo voice)...How will she lay this off on Shad?

Frank Griffin said...

Ms. Fitch, to put it mildly, is a waste of space.

Anonymous said...

Lynne Fitch would make an excellent vice-presidential running mate for Kamala Harris.

anonymous said...

For the many lawyers who failed to have the default first entered, I shall not comment lest I appear unseemly. Perhaps none has ever sought a default judgment.
/s/ Blank Stare

Anonymous said...

A lot of criticism that the AG is not a seasoned litigator.

That doesn't matter at all. The AG candidate just needs to be photogenic and be able to drop all the right buzzwords like a good politician. It's not like the voters examine the AG's personal and professional qualifications for the job.

Besides, it's not like she has any of that confederate belle segregation academy stuff in her background like Cindy Hyde-Smith.

The competent lawyering and litigating always gets hired out anyway.

The AG just needs to have some meetings with the state employed and outside toadies and sign the invoices.

Anonymous said...


In other words, be a do-nothing bullshit artist like the rest of Mississippi's "leadership".

Anonymous said...

(groaning) I never ever thought that I would say this, but can someone see if Jim Hood wants to be AG again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for wasting our tax dollars on this.

Anonymous said...

So what’s the female version of the Peter Principle???

Asking for a friend…

Anonymous said...

What a state. The AG sues China for publicity and Chowke sent thousands of masks to China (where they are made to start with).

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