Court Urged To Allow Masked Witnesses In $1M Contract Suit

Law360 (April 6, 2021, 8:25 PM EDT) -- An organization with close ties to a Chinese entrepreneur and prominent dissident has urged a New York federal court to allow witnesses to wear masks in its upcoming $1 million trial against a political intelligence consulting firm, saying the precaution is understandable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eastern Profit Corp. Ltd. told the Southern District of New York that it felt "comfortable" that the court could determine the credibility of witnesses despite their wearing masks, noting that it was unaware of how the individuals could be compelled in a civil bench trial to remove the protective gear, according to a letter it...

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