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Author Topic: Drug firms liable in Vegas hepatitis C case  (Read 3400 times)

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Offline flower-child-68

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Drug firms liable in Vegas hepatitis C case
« on: October 07, 2011, 09:45:47 AM »
I was reading this on Yahoo.

http://news.yahoo.com/jury-drug-firms-liable-vegas-hepatitis-c-case-022712169.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

I'm all for holding companies responsible but why are they asking for $600 million in punitive damages? That seems ridiculously excessive. I understand living with Hep C can be difficult but it doesn't take $600M.

A good example of why drug companies and insurance companies have to spend/charge so much money to deal with crazy court rulings like this one.

Offline hep_mom

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Re: Drug firms liable in Vegas hepatitis C case
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2011, 10:31:04 AM »
$600M does sound high but maybe they have to start there to get what they really need? It's a crazy world so maybe in legal speak $600M means $10M?

Offline cookie610

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Re: Drug firms liable in Vegas hepatitis C case
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2011, 01:21:04 PM »
These people are seeing their chance at a big pay day and jumping on it. That's the American way. I say take them for all they've got!!!

Offline diannastarr

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Re: Drug firms liable in Vegas hepatitis C case
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2011, 10:57:12 PM »
Cookie610 you are all that is wrong with this society. How can you endorse and encourage such behavior? Yes something terrible has happened to these people and someone should be held accountable but within reason. No one needs $600 million dollars.

Offline tommyv

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Re: Drug firms liable in Vegas hepatitis C case
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2011, 02:29:20 PM »
More from Las vegas Review-Journal
http://www.lvrj.com/news/week-in-review-top-news-131412203.html

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asked a jury Friday to levy $739 million in punitive damages against the drug companies it held liable for the infections.

So where did the $739 million number come from?

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Robert Eglet and Will Kemp equated the amount to two weeks' worth of the companies' net revenue last year.

Well duh why didn't I think of that.

Best part of this article is the sign behind the stripper that reads "America isn't broke it's broken."

 


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