Updated: Feb 23
A powerful punch the air moment happened last week, as I read Reuters legal feed on Twitter.
The weekend before had started off shaky when I tested positive for Covid-19. It was a complete mystery as to how I'd caught it because nothing enters our house without a thorough disinfecting and that includes food shopping and the post. When I say nothing I mean nothing. I hadn't mingled or been unmasked. Bizarre. I had to fight really hard to tame the inner chimp. Why?
When you have spent the last fifteen years revealing the dirty tricks of pharma giants, Sanofi, and you know (from court documents) they've already gone to great and expensive lengths to silence you (in-depth revelations will be included in my forth coming memoir), it's really easy for the chimp to behave badly!
Recently I wrote an article about my trip to New Orleans and the second Bellwether trial Sanofi v plaintiff Elizabeth Kahn and although it was a pretty scathing report about the judge, jury and Sanofi's paid lackeys, Shook, Hardy & Bacon it was with good reason. I knew they wouldn't enjoy it but it's my account, my thoughts, my story.
Hildy Sastre who delivered their closing arguments kept repeating "It's common sense". Well, actually it's not, it's about the science.
Anyhow, the verdict went in Sanofi's favour, just like the first trial. It was sickening. So, that's two Bellwether trials to Sanofi. It stank of injustice and made me sick to the stomach as I'm sure it did to everyone involved.
The thousands of angry women who've been disfigured and are reminded of their cancer every second of every day will never go away...unless they die. I, for one will never be silenced, no matter how much money they throw at companies to shut me up. It's just not going to happen. Period. Unless I die, hence the badly behaved chimp.
So, last week there was a breakthrough! It was fantastic news that the Court of Appeals had overturned Sanofi's first win!
It felt good, in fact it was necessary to have the couple of Martinis, that night. It restored my faith in justice. Reuters legal Twitter feed said "The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Sanofi 'effectively smuggled inadmissible opinion testimony' into the 2019 trial of breast cancer survivor Barbara Earnest's lawsuit, in which she claimed that the company knew that Taxotere (Docetaxel) could cause permanent hair loss but failed to warn her or her doctors". I suppose it begs the question as to why the judge allowed it in the first place?
Good things happen. Karma happens. So, I'll leave this blog, have another Martini and make a toast to 'common sense' and the continuation of trying to tame the inner chimp.
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