If you ever want to sue someone or sue a company, try to come to Las Vegas as we have some of the most stupid, moronic and mentally challenged jurors compared to anywhere else in the country.
From the LVRJ: After hearing seven weeks of trial testimony, the jury on Thursday awarded $20.1 million in compensatory damages to hepatitis patients Anne Arnold, Richard Sacks, Tony Devito and two spouses.
Lawyers for the drug companies told jurors that their clients already had taken notice.
"Your verdict is already sending a message, and you don't need to award substantial punitive damages to finish your message," Teva lawyer Mark Tully said.
Phil Hymanson, the lawyer for Baxter and McKesson, added: "$20 million is a very strong message."
During trial, Eglet and Kemp argued that the drug companies should not have sold large 50-milliliter vials of the drug to endoscopy centers, where typical procedures require less than 20 milliliters.
Because of the larger vials, nurses at the Dipak Desai-owned endoscopy clinics were tempted to reuse them among multiple patients to avoid throwing away leftovers, the lawyers argued.
The companies continued to sell the big vials to endoscopy centers despite medical journals published since 1995 that linked the reuse of large propofol vials to at least seven hepatitis outbreaks across the world, the plaintiffs said.
The reuse of propofol vials was a central factor in Southern Nevada's outbreak, which prompted 60,000 patient notifications warning of potential infection in 2008, the largest in U.S. history, health officials found.
Nurse anesthetists at the endoscopy clinics contaminated the vials when they reused syringes on infected patients, and the blood-borne diseases then spread when the contaminated vials were used for uninfected patients, according to the Southern Nevada Health District's investigation.
Desai and two nurse anesthetists face criminal charges stemming from the outbreak.
So, let's see. A doctor and his clinic buy vials of a medicine. They reuse the medicine using dirty needles, even though it is against every policy that is ever taught in medical and nursing school. People get sick. So, let's sue the drug manufacture because they are the ones who provided the medicine that the doctors and nurses abused. And let's sue the drug maker for so much money that it will make the lawyers a lot of money.
The only message the stupid people of the jury are sending is don't do business in Las Vegas.
First, the mentally challenged jurors gave the plaintiffs $20 million but they don't have $20 million in damages and never will. Now, the greedy lawyers want another $730+million to send a message and the stupid ass jury will probably give it to them. Why, because they want their 15 minutes of fame and say "Look what we did, we are so good and we are sticking it to the evil drug makers". That's all these jurors are doing, looking for their 15 minutes of fame in Las Vegas. They will then depend on the judge and appeals judges to right their wrongs.
The drug makers did nothing wrong. Even if they sold the smaller vials to the clinic, there is no guarantee that clinic employees still would not have reused the vials of medicine. They would have just done it with smaller bottles.
The drug makers are not the police- they just sell the product to people who buy their product. The drug companies cannot put their employees in every clinic they sell to to make sure product is used safely.
This is like suing the cattle farmer who sold their meat to McDonalds who sold 100 Big Macs to a man who then died of a heart attack. This is the way the jury thought and this is why these 12 people are just about the dumbest people in Las Vegas and the country.
Because of this jury, it will cost more to do business in Las Vegas because insurance rates for companies and businesses will go up to protect the insurance companies from these stupid juries in Las Vegas. It will also restrict some companies, especially those in the medical field, to do business in Las Vegas. Why should they subject themselves to the court system and idiotic juries when they don't have to. It will also cost more to have medical care in Las Vegas because of the actions of stupid juries like this one. In the end, this jury has hurt more people because they just made medical care in Las Vegas more expensive and they only helped a greedy lawyer and his client.
In Las Vegas, we have good juries when it comes to crime. But when it comes to civil juries, we have the worst people possible on these juries and these 12 jurors prove it and if you want to sue someone, do it in Las Vegas.
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