Guatemalan Syphilis Subjects Set Class Action Deadline

Law360, New York (March 8, 2011, 5:48 PM EST) -- Guatemalans purposefully infected with syphilis by U.S. health authorities decades ago are threatening to launch a class action against a host of federal health agencies if the U.S. government does not waive sovereign immunity or agree to provide reparations by Friday.

Attorneys for the Guatemalans sent a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him to either formally waive the government's immunity from lawsuits filed without their consent or set up a claims process to allow their clients to seek reparations.

The potential class action...
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