According to a news source, the executive vice president of China’s highest court has indicated that the courts will begin accepting the paperwork filed by parents who decided not to participate in the government’s compensation plan for injuries allegedly suffered by children who consumed melamine-tainted milk products. Court official Shen Deyong reportedly said in an online interview, “The courts have done the preparation work and will accept the compensation cases at any time.” He also reportedly indicated that more than 95 percent of the 300,000 victims’ families had accepted compensation. An organizer for those who held out said that hundreds are prepared to file individual claims, many of which the courts previously refused. Under China’s legal system, the courts must first accept the paperwork and then decide whether to act on the claims by opening an investigation or rejecting them. See Associated Press, March 3, 2009.

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