12 buffoons sitting on a jury today returned a verdict and ordered punitive damages of $500,000,000 to a victim of the Hepatitis C scandal The buffoons ordered two drug companies to pay this amount, even though the drug companies had absoutely nothing to do with this scandal.
These "jurors" are just looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Maybe they are hoping to be on Oprah, be interviewed on TV, be part of the cool crowd in Las Vegas, being invited to some cool parties or who knows what they were thinking. Maybe they wanted to be part of history. But whatever the reason, they were not using their brain.
The facts of the case are really easy to understand. There were corrupt doctors and nurses who ran an endoscopy clinic. They ordered and used propofol, a knockout drug. What they did wrong was they reused needles and syringes in the medicine bottles. The drug company did not make them do this They did not suggest this or even hint this maybe acceptable. But they are being fully accountable in this case by a corrupt judge and some ethically challenged jurors.
There is no way this verdict will be upheld, either by the trial judge, Nevada Supreme Court or in the federal courts.
Who says tort reform is not needed.