The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has the sole mission of restricting the ability of individuals harmed by negligent corporations to access the civil justice system. One ILR board member, Johnson & Johnson, has not only plowed money into this cause, but also has a sordid legal history that underscores the hypocrisy of ILR and its corporate financers.
In 2007, Johnson & Johnson filed their own lawsuit against the American Red Cross for using the red cross symbol on first aid kits and other disaster-preparedness items create by the Red Cross. That same year Johnson & Johnson filed a patent lawsuit against fellow ILR board member Abbott Laboratories over the arthritis drug Humira. Johnson & Johnson’s love for lawsuits continued when they file another patent lawsuit against Boston Scientific in 2010 for a dispute over heart stent devices.
Johnson & Johnson is not alone in their hypocritical actions to deny Americans’ access to justice while at the same time using the courts to advance their bottom line. AAJ’s newest report, Do As I Say, Not As I Sue
, exposes ten ILR board members who claim American businesses are hindered by too many lawsuits, but show no hesitation in liberally using the courts to help themselves.