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Originally posted by Aisling
Pretty soon, you won't be able to sue pharmaceutical companies.
Supreme Court Offers Vaccine Companies Protection From Lawsuits
Many parents have attempted to sue various makers of vaccines as children has become ill from potentially unexplained side effects from the drugs. However, the Supreme Court has offered the manufacturers of the vaccines protection from parental lawsuits.
Without completely turning their backs, however, the court ruled to compensate individuals but will protect any lawsuit based on these issues.
Judges ruled many of the cases in question to include side effects that were determined as “unavoidable”, especially if a vaccine is provided to millions of people.
Health officials explain that some people will react negatively to specific medications, and it is terrible, but the makers of the drug cannot be at fault in these situations. If lawsuits were able, the entire vaccine system could be wiped out.
Originally posted by spikey
reply to post by airspoon
This could turn out to be a wrong move by the corporations, and wind up costing them very dearly indeed...hope so.
Think about it...class action lawsuits can involve any number of claimants with common elements of their case, coming together as a group that sues the corporation. Hundreds of thousands of people could make up a class action suit.
Think of how hundreds of thousands of people can claim individual damages/compensation, with no maximum limit based on a single case that wins against the corporation..precedent is a virtual shoe in to winners row, if the circumstances of the case and claim are virtually identical...
If the lawyers are as clever as they'd like to think they are, they will start offering alternatives to groups, based on precedent set in previous cases...it could ultimately end up costing corporations much more money than a class action suit might.
An award of $1 million dollars per judgement, doesn't sound a lot compared to $100's billion. A judge or jury would be far more willing to award $1 Million against a corporation, but would consider an award of $100's of Billions ridiculous.
edit on 28/4/2011 by spikey because: (no reason given)
Could it be, then, that the court is reflecting an elite consensus while contravening the sentiments of most Americans? Only history will ultimately make this clear. One thing, however, is certain already: the transformation of the court was no accident. It represents the culmination of a carefully planned, behind-the-scenes campaign over several decades to change not only the courts but also the country’s political culture.
The origins of the business community’s campaign to transform the Supreme Court can be traced back precisely to Aug. 23, 1971. That was the day when Lewis F. Powell Jr., a corporate lawyer in Richmond, Va., wrote a memo to his friend Eugene B. Sydnor, then the head of the education committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In the memo, Powell expressed his concern that the American economic system was “under broad attack.”