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Suit advances in dairy scandal

March 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A northern Chinese court has accepted a compensation suit against the dairy at the heart of the milk contamination scandal that sickened nearly 300,000 children across China -- the first court to do so, state media reported.

The court instructed a lawyer to pay a standard filing fee in the case of a couple whose infant daughter was sickened, indicating that it will be deciding whether to open a trial. Such decisions usually take about a month, said the lawyer, Peng Jian.

Formula contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine was blamed for killing at least six babies last fall.

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