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Chinese Environmental NGO Sues Top Three Food Ordering Platforms

Beijing Business Today, 9/05/17

The Green Volunteer League of Chongqing, an environmental NGO, recently field three environmental pollution public interest lawsuits in Beijing's Fourth Intermediate People's Court against three food ordering and delivery platforms, including Xiaodu Information Technology, operator of Chinese internet company Baidu's (Nasdaq: BIDU) food delivery app Baidu Takeout Delivery, Rajax Information Technology, operator of online restaurant takeout delivery platform Ele.me, and Sankuai Technology, operator of takeout delivery platform Meituan Waimai.

The Green Volunteer League of Chongqing alleges that the takeout delivery platforms have not provided users with an option to decline single-use food utensils, instead automatically including such single-use utensils such as chopsticks and napkins with every order, generating a large volume of waste and causing environmental damage.

The Fourth Intermediate People's Court's preliminary review found that materials submitted by the plaintiff were sufficient to demonstrate risk of harm to the public interest, and it will hear the case.

Keywords: environmental protection Green Volunteer League of Chongqing Internet NGO Baidu BIDU Ele.me Sankuai Rajax Baidu Takeout Delivery Meituan Waimai litigation food O2O law

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