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Superbowl Rematch – Rams vs. Patriots

February 16, 2008

The St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots are apparently going to replay the 2002 Superbowl, but this time, the game will be in the courtroom.  Accoring to an article in the Birmingham News, former Rams player, Willie Gary, and others have filed a $100 million lawsuit against the Patriots, the team owner, Robert Kraft, and the Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick.  The lawsuit stems from the alleged videotaping of Rams practices before the 2002 Superbowl which the Patriots won 20-17.

This is a dangerous road to go down:  taking games from the field to the courtroom.  This is also going to be an extremely difficult case to prove.  Even if the allegations of videotaping are true, who is to say the Patriots would not have won the game anyway.  This also raises the specter of cheating in our professional sports. 

With these issues in the National Football League (NFL), the controversy over steroids in Major League Baseball (MLB) and the scandal involving the referee in the National basketball Association (NBA), pro sports in the United States are taking a major hit.  Notwithstanding these “hits”, the public continues to watch and attend games.  As a result, advertisers continue to pay the networks for commercial time, the networks continue to pay billions of dollars to the pro leagues for the rights to televise the games, and the owners continue to pay millions to the players. 

Because of all the money involved, there are huge incentives to cheat.  Obviously, you make more money when you perform and win.  So, we are seeing allegations of cheating at all levels:  players, officials, coaches, and maybe even owners.  Where will it end?  Who knows?

Bayer AG and 60 Minutes and Trasylol

February 16, 2008

Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris has filed numerous lawsuits over the drug Trasylol.  The drug is manufactured by Bayer AG, and it is used to prevent excessive bleeding during coronary artery bypass graft surgery.  According to the Birmingham News, the lawsuits involve allegations over individuals who have suffered permanent kidney damage after being given the drug. 

Apparently, the FDA suspended the marketing of Trasylol in November, 2007.  However, 60 Minutes will report that “22,000 additional lives could have been saved if the FDA had taken action to remove the drug from the market in 2006.”  Brian Turner, an attorney at Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris, is quoted as saying, “[t]his drug, which most patients never knew they received during their surgery has caused significant injuries and loss of life due to severe and possibly life-threatening kidney problems.”

These types of cases are difficult due to the balance between attempts to improve medical care and putting dangerous drugs on the market without adequate testing.  The inherent problem is the fact that drug makers are in business to make a profit, and they are competing with other drug makers.  Consequently, they race to get drugs to market for fear that their competitors will beat them.  The “side effects” of such competition can be dangerous drugs on the market before they are adequately tested.  These types of lawsuits make such companies reassess what is important:  racing to get the drug to market to make a profit or making sure it is safe for the public.  Which would you say is more important?

If you would like more information on this or think you might have a potential claim, please contact our firm at jon@lewis-attorneys.com or (888) 295-7409.


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