Some time ago a woman contacted me about representing her against the manufacturer of some prescription medications she took while pregnant. Her child had a birth defect, and she has seen advertising related to those drugs and birth defects. She e-mailed me and I had to give her the bad news that I couldn't help her. It turns out that the birth defect her child has is not associated with the drug that she took. Whatever the cause of her child's injuries, the drug was definitely not to blame.
Every now and then, I run across someone who lost a loved one because of a defective product or drug or due to an accident, but who doesn’t feel it’s “right” to file a product liability lawsuit. They sometimes tell me they’d feel wrong getting “blood money” from a loved one’s death, or that it would feel weird, or any number of other excuses that often boil down to guilt.
First, it was NHTSA head David Strickland. (Read about that here and here.) Now. former DOT Secretary Ray LaHood has cashed in his “public servant” chips to make a bundle representing the folks he used to regulate. It wasn’t supposed to be this way:
The revolving door strikes again. Rather than make Chrysler go through the same testing Ford had to when the Pinto had gas tank problems, the NHTSA head makes a phone call to the CEO of Chrysler and makes the problem go away. Not coincidentally, the NHTSA head is going to work for a lobbying firm that Chrysler uses.