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HNA Seeks $300 Million in Suit Against Fugitive Businessman Guo

  • Guo has alleged HNA has secret ties to government offical
  • HNA subsequently sued Guo in a New York court for defamation

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HNA Group Co. is seeking at least $300 million from Chinese businessman Guo Wengui for making defamatory statements tying the company to corruption and alleging it has secret ties to the family of a high-ranking Communist Party official in China.

In HNA’s complaint, filed Wednesday with the New York state Supreme Court, the company said Guo’s false allegations are causing harm to the group’s reputation and financial standing. An attorney representing Guo, who also goes by the name Miles Kwok, declined to comment on the complaint.

The suit, part of a case that began in June, is one of several Guo is facing in the U.S. for making various allegations via social and traditional media of misdeeds between the rich and powerful in China. Guo, who has been a controversial figure for years, lives in exile in the U.S. now after fleeing China three years ago. Chinese authorities issued a request to Interpol for Guo’s arrest in April.

HNA has repeatedly denied Guo’s claims. The Wall Street Journal earlier reported on the complaint.

The case is HNA Group v. Guo Wengui, 653281/2017 in the New York State Supreme Court.

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