Court Accepts Suit In Chinese Tainted Milk Scandal

BEIJING — A lawyer says a Chinese court has accepted a compensation suit against the dairy firm at the heart of China’s tainted milk scandal.

Lawyer Peng Jian said the Xinhua District Court in the northern city of Shijiazhuang is the first Chinese court known to have accepted a lawsuit in connection with the scandal.

Peng said Wednesday the suit was filed by a parent from Beijing whose child was one of thousands sickened by milk deliberately contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine.

Peng said the suit demanded 31,000 yuan in damages from the now defunct Shijiazhuang-based Sanlu Group. Peng said the 11-month-old victim became ill after drinking Sanlu’s infant formula.