Chinese Sue Fed For Monopoly USD Devaluation

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In what could to grow into a class action in US courts, a Chinese woman is suing the Federal Reserve after discovering that the real value of the USD250 she put in an account in 2006 had shrunk by 30%. She claims it was the result of the Fed issuing too much money, and as The South China Morning Post reports, her son Li Zhen, the lawyer, called the lawsuit "litigation for the public good". Alleging "abuse of monopoly in issuing currency," the People's Court of Kunming has yet to rule on the litigants' demand that the Fed cease-and-desist from its quantitative easing policy. While this may seem frivolous, there are some interesting points being made that bear watching, as Li notes, since "the Fed is private institution which enjoys monopoly over the issuing of currency, US Dollar holders can sue it for printing too much money."



A woman in Kunming, Yunnan province, is trying to sue the United States central bank after discovering that the real value of the US$250 she put in an account in 2006 had shrunk by 30 per cent.


She claims it was a result of the Federal Reserve issuing too much money.


Her attorney, her son Li Zhen , called the lawsuit "litigation for the public good" which aimed to stop the Fed from continuing its quantitive easing policy and promote people's awareness of their rights.


He filed the lawsuit alleging "the abuse of monopoly in issuing currency" last month at the Kunming Intermediate People's Court on behalf of his mother, Liu Hua , but the court has yet to decide whether to officially place the case on file.


...he was the first mainlander to have filed a lawsuit against a foreign country's central bank.


Li, who works at the Yunnan Tongbang Law Firm, said he referred to Black's Law Dictionary, the most cited legal dictionary in the US, and concluded that the Fed is a private institution instead of a government department.




"Since the Fed is a private institution which enjoys a monopoly over the issuing of currency, US dollar holders can sue it for printing too much money," he said.


Li said he requested two things from the court - that the Fed halts the abuse of its monopoly over the issuing of dollars and that it makes a "symbolic compensation" of US$1. Asked about the possibility of whether the court will accept the case, Li said it was "difficult to say".




He said he was looking for more "victims" like his mother and expected to bring a class action in a US court.



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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:07 | 3485627 All Out Of Bubblegum
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The Coinage Act of 1792 called for the death penalty for debasement of the currency. Hang the lot of them.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:09 | 3485633 localsavage
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They will sweep this lawsuit under the rug....asap

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:11 | 3485642 TeamDepends
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His name is Li Zhen ("lie then")-perfect name for an attorney.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:18 | 3485667 TheFourthStooge-ing
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A translation error occurred. It should read as follows:

He filed the lawsuit alleging "the abuse of issuing monopoly currency"


Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:20 | 3485673 Divided States ...
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its amazing that a chinese lady realizes this and actually does something about it while the sheeps in America still hasnt figured it out yet

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:23 | 3485680 TeamDepends
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In defense of Americans, many have realized that the time to "take it to court" has long since passed.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:34 | 3485706 yogibear
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It's long past the court. The American people need to provide boiled rope neck ties for these treasonous banksters.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:43 | 3485732 knukles
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Hah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Oh shit....

There remain small parcels of sanity within the electromagnetic consciousness...

a bunch of golf buds today were talking about the inevitability of heads on sticks

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:47 | 3485739 Skateboarder
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Fuck yeah! Sue em for 1.5 quadrillion dollars, those bastards.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:11 | 3485810 Momauguin Joe
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Where do I sign up for the Class Action?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:54 | 3485974 Tom Servo
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Ben assured me she'll be made whole in 7 years.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:01 | 3486004 Boris Alatovkrap
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Is Jewish joke from Leviticus?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:25 | 3486231 Pure Evil
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Dumb bitch should sue her ancestors.

Exactly who invented fiat scrip in the first place?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:27 | 3486245 Boris Alatovkrap
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Italian peoples?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:27 | 3486250 HulkHogan
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Don't worry, that lady will never be seen of again. Tank man anyone?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:04 | 3486185 wisefool
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Isn't that how long the NYFED gold boat takes to go anywhere in the world? One embarked to germany last year and is currently refueling in newfoundland.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:00 | 3486002 Kirk2NCC1701
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But "how" will they pay? And with what?  With moar fiat FRN's?  Or in Gold that they claim to have, but don't?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:30 | 3486254 dunce
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It occurred to me that they had a very good case and the size of the class action could be in the billions of bilked. Now you have burst my ballon of hope by pointing out that they are in fact above the law.I thought that the contempt for the law and the constitution was limited to this administration, but now i see where the true supreme power resides. Not in any branch of govt. but in a self selected group of faceless dorks that only meet once a month whose diliberations are secret.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:24 | 3486236 noless
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so i just carved this chit, it's worth this many smoked cigarettes, right? now i cut it in half, same as many for each piece understand? a chit is a chit, i want this many, if you wont trade then fine, i'll make more chits, then we can talk again..

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:04 | 3485791 noob
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Family Guy - Peter Compilation

Diplo - Bird is the Word

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:10 | 3485812 I am more equal...
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The Chinese have something better than hanging... it is death by a thousand cuts.

slow, gruesome and an object lesson in how not to think or act by future bernake-wanna-bes

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:59 | 3486001 Boris Alatovkrap
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Is like Boris' morning routine to shave face. Someday, Boris is get own razor because always is seem dull after wife and daughters is use for hairy leg.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:13 | 3486057 gmrpeabody
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Boris is always make me laughs...


Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:34 | 3486109 DaddyO
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BA, thanks I needed that after the day I've had...


Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:43 | 3486136 Abi Normal
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Boris, you da man...I couldn't write like that if had to! ROFLMAO

Where is that computer screen cleaner...?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:52 | 3486149 Dull Care
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????? ????? ???????!

Edit:Damn you can't write with cyrillic text on here. Boris Ochyen Smeshnoi!

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:23 | 3486239 Boris Alatovkrap
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You are too, very fun!

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:18 | 3485831 More_sellers_th...
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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:12 | 3485815 Croesus
Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:41 | 3486290 dunce
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Please!, every body with a back pack is an under cover cop? No doubt there were some plain clothes cops there as there should be, but all dressed alike, not likely. Should they identify them selves to the public? What part of undercover is not understood?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 22:30 | 3486437 Herd Redirectio...
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Undercover, dressed, active duty, just watching.  Who cares.  They were right there and didn't prevent anything.  That should tell you everything you need to know about their 'expert presence'.  Some will choose to believe it was 'mere incompetence', others who are more cynical will see it as 'negligence', if not outright co-operation or complicity.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:01 | 3486174 Freddie
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I want to marry this woman!

"Me rove you tomorrrrow ChiCom rady!"

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:35 | 3485707 krispkritter
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 "Fuc Yu Bernanke!"

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:51 | 3485758 ronaldawg
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No jurisdiction CHING CHONG....

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:31 | 3486258 Pure Evil
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I'm sure if you dig deep into the details of the Federal Reserve Charter there's a sub-clause in there somewhere that exempts Satan from all liability since the beginning of time.

(Come on, he may be the great deceiver, but nobody stuck a gun to your head, am I right?)

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 20:10 | 3486041 Frederic Bastiat
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Sheeps in America win without knowing it, they get iPads in exchange for monopoly money. 

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:59 | 3486344 casfoto
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Go back to sleep.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:23 | 3485678 Cheesy Bastard
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In a class action settlement, everyone in the world gets $10000.  Helicopters start flying and dropping cash tomorrow.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:29 | 3485686 Big Corked Boots
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"As approved by the Court, each of the attorneys will get $10,000. Everyone else in the world gets a free toaster at the bank." - sez the fine print at the bottom of the settlement letter.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:50 | 3485748 max2205
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South sea bubble part deux

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:57 | 3485773 XitSam
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Free SpiderMan towel.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:12 | 3485643 old naughty
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...and then they might not...

'Nuke' the Fed !

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:56 | 3485774 ronaldawg
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How did she get USD250 - did she blow 125 guys?  "rue soooo bigg!!!"

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:02 | 3485785 Winston Churchill
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1250 guys.

fixed it.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:00 | 3486175 AllWorkedUp
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Ronaldawg and Churchill definitely win the morons of the week contest. What a couple of fuzzbags.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:48 | 3486306 dunce
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How many decades has it been since you patronized a pro? You are at zerohedge you must know about monetary inflation. Talk to Elliot Spitzer on current pro prices, a documented expert in the area.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:14 | 3485649 Beam Me Up Scotty
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She's suing because she lost 30%?  She lost alot more than 30% of her purchasing power in 17 years. 

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:32 | 3485703 SilverIsKing
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17?  Show me

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 18:37 | 3485717 gmrpeabody
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The transporter beam is having an effect on Scotty...

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