Johns Hopkins faces $1B lawsuit by research subjects who were infected with STDs decades ago

The Authentic Male

Sarah GantzReporter- Baltimore Business Journal

The suit, filed by Baltimore law firm Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins LLC on behalf of 774 plaintiffs, names Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Health System. It also names the Rockefeller Foundation and Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co., a New York pharmaceutical company.

Hopkins officials reject the suit’s claims and say the institution did not conduct or pay for the government study. Hopkins doctors served on a government committee that oversaw funding for the study, officials said. Robert Mathias, a lawyer with DLA Piper and Hopkins’ lead counsel, described the suit as baseless and said he will likely move to dismiss the case on statute of limitations.

“The study they’re complaining about took place almost 70 years ago,” Mathias said. “The doctors they name are all deceased.”

Paul D. Bekman

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