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The Heparin Death Toll Is Up To 81

Wednesday, April 30, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I hope the victims who survived and the families of those who died retain plaintiffs’ lawyers experienced in suing foreign firms protected by governments hostile to American tort actions.

Baxter is an easy target, but getting past the PRC’s defenses will be tough. My pal Joseph Timothy Cook is a retired plaintiff’s lawyer who was part of the team that pursued justice for the families of KAL007. That case took years of aggressive litigation backed by diplomacy to conclude . Another trial lawyer friend suspects Baxter is setting up a defense that will push victims into endless struggles with the PRC.

The U.S. government will have to push China hard for cooperation in the investigation and court proceedings. The response to date has not been encouraging, and there are certainly still patients out there who received the contaminated drug but have not been informed. The effort to publicize the problem and alert the patient population has been minimal, and the coverage absurdly low given the scale of the deaths and other illnesses.

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