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Ear to the Ground

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Posted on Mar 4, 2009
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The Supreme Court stood by that most American of rights Wednesday—the right to sue. By a 6-3 vote, the court decided that federal oversight and warning labels do not protect the pharmaceutical industry from lawsuits. The one-armed Vermont musician involved in the case was thrilled, and not just because she got to keep $6.7 million.

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Some people would give their right arm for $6 million. Diana Levine would prefer the arm.

The 63-year-old musician, who won a $6.7 million award after a botched injection led to the amputation of her right arm, won a legal victory Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the award against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Elated though she is, she’d still rather have her arm back — if only she could.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 5, 2009 at 11:46 am Link to this comment

First the Right guts the FDA’s power to regulate because they HATE “Government Regulation” (of anything but a woman’s own body), then claims its regulations render a pharma company immune from lawsuits!

Is this a great country or what!

And, naturally, Scalia (putz!), Alito and Roberts see nothing wrong with that.

Just a few more votes and there will be enough to successfully impeach Scalia (whose conflicts of interest are blatant).

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By Clonakilty32, March 5, 2009 at 5:36 am Link to this comment
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Its not surprising that the three dissenting votes were Alito, Roberts and Scalia.  What is surprising is that Clarence Thomas voted for it.  The drug industry needs to be held accountable.  The 3 dissenters will probably back big business 98% of the time.  Maybe just maybe every once in a while we might see a glimmer of conscience from one of them like Thomas did this time.  I just wonder if Thomas will respect himself in the morning for showing a twinge of compassion.

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By Tokin Lib, March 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment

It’s like somehow, with the snearing shadow of cheney and the insane gibbering of the Chimp no longer troubling theiur sleep, some of the justices have rediscovered a small, tattered shred of their humanity.

Though I wouldn’t want to bet on it the next time…

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