Johns Hopkins, Others Lose Bid To Kill Syphilis Study Suit

Law360 (January 4, 2019, 10:44 PM EST) -- Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. and the Rockefeller Foundation, accused of participating in controversial syphilis experiments in Guatemala during the 1940s and 1950s, failed to show that their status as corporations protects them from liability under the Alien Tort Statute, a Maryland federal judge said Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang noted that the U.S. Supreme Court’s April ruling in Jesner v. Arab Bank said litigants can't use the Alien Tort Statute to sue foreign corporations for overseas human rights abuses and violence. But he emphasized that the high court hadn’t exempted domestic corporations from liability under the ATS,...

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