Lawsuit Claims Secret Pact Between Yahoo and China Supported Torture, Imprisonment of Pro-Democracy Activists

The Lanier Law Firm is representing an expatriate Chinese dissident in a federal lawsuit alleging that Yahoo Inc. founder Jerry Yang and CEO Terry Semel provided confidential information and emails to Chinese authorities in a joint effort to silence pro-democracy dissidents. In return, the Chinese government provided Yahoo with favored access to more than 100 million Chinese internet users.

The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, claims this conspiracy led directly to the capture, imprisonment, and torture of renowned activist Ning Xianhua by Chinese government officials. After his release from prison in 2016, Mr. Ning sought and received asylum in the United States.

“The documented collusion between a U.S. company and a communist regime is appalling, and the resulting torture of Chinese citizens is gut-wrenching,” says famed trial lawyer Mark Lanier of Houston’s The Lanier Law Firm, who is co-counsel for Mr. Ning. “We have a respected, global corporation knowingly condoning these violations, all in the name of corporate profits.”

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