Civil Procedure Keyed to Subrin
In the Matter of Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc
Plaintiffs were hemophiliacs or the heirs to now-deceased hemophiliacs who contracted AIDS from blood transfusions. Defendants are drug companies that make the blood solids that were allegedly contaminated with the HIV virus. By the time of this suit, it has been over ten years that the medical community has been using heat-treated blood solids. There have also been 13 cases between similar plaintiffs and Defendants, and Defendants have won 12 times. Because the damages would be great for each Plaintiff that was successful, Defendant is now petitioning for mandamus relief for the class certification granted by the district court judge. Although Defendants have been successful 12 of 13 times, the threat that a class certification consolidating 300 lawsuits and 400 Plaintiffs could set Defendants up for such a large amount of losses and potential bankruptcy led Defendants to the current petition.
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