A lawyer with decades of experience suing large fraudulent corporations, Reiner Fuellmich is best known for his successful lawsuits against Deutsche Bank and Volkswagen. He runs his own law firm in Gottingen, central Germany and works part-time in the US.
He has become a global figurehead for conspiracy theorists worldwide. He has a huge following on social media and runs his own YouTube channel where he uploads his videos about the COVID-19 conspiracy.
The lawyer’s website claims that he has established the corona ausschuss - roughly translated as the “corona committee” - to investigate “crimes against humanity” committed by governments and corporations over COVID-19. In his weekly sessions on the corona website, which he broadcasts in multi-hour episodes, Fuellmich and three other lawyers present their findings.
But the committee has little in the way of credibility. Its "findings" are based on hearsay, according to a lawyer who has known Fuellmich for ten years and asked not to be named because he fears harassment from his followers.
It's a fundamentally flawed approach to legal action. And there is no legal precedent in the United States for a class-action lawsuit to be brought against a German virologist on the basis of PCR tests that cannot detect COVID-19.
The idea of mass trials of treacherous “elites” has been around in far-right circles for a while. But it has gained new momentum in the anti-lockdown movement, where many people have latched on to the notion of a “Nuremberg 2.0” in reference to the mass trials of Nazi leaders that took place after World War 2.