“The evil men do lives after them...the good is oft interred with their bones.”
-William Shakespeare in Julius Caesar, Act 3 Scene II
This is an unfortunate fact of life for most of us natural humans. We may do great and wonderful things for others that are soon forgotten – but society hangs our mistakes around our necks like mill stones for the rest of our lives. This raises a question: how come this doesn't hold true for “corporate” people? Why are their mistakes and crimes so quickly forgotten?
Regular Ring of Fire Radio listeners and visitors to the show's website may have seen a recent article by the show's producer, Farron Cousins, regarding pending cases against German-based pharmaceutical firm Fresenius and its flagship product, Granuflo . In the article, Mr. Cousins reports that Fresenius is claiming plaintiffs injured by their dialysis drug have no case.
Despite the mounting litigation against Granuflo manufacturer Fresenius Medical Care (only about a dozen cases at the moment – but there will be many more lawsuits filed in the coming year), the German-based company got a very nice present from the U.S. Department of Justice just before Christmas. In fact, it was a gift worth $83 million.
But let's go back a couple of years...
There is much to admire about modern Germany. Their citizens enjoy protections and support systems such as guaranteed health care, six weeks paid vacation every year, green energy initiatives and support for industry that so far, Americans can only dream about (arguably, we came a small step closer this past election day). German mechanical engineering is legendary, and of course, Germany gave us the music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms as well as the lovely actress Franka Potente.
If you have been prescribed a dangerous drug or received a defective medical device – such as a hip or joint implant or a pelvic mesh, both of which have been demonstrated to cause serious health problems – you understand that you have a right to sue the manufacturer for damages.