8/21/2005

Ireland needs action - Class Actions

I see the possibility of Irish people suing the pharmaceutical company Merck over its drug 'Vioxx' has increased with a successful case in America where the company was found liable for the death of one of the people who had used it for pain relief.

However, as reported on RTE News this evening, one of the main stumbling blocks is that any Irish person would have to take a possibly very costly case by themselves. Ireland has no 'class action' system where one case can cover hundreds of plantiffs as in America, even though the Irish Law Commission has recommended that such a system be initiated. I think that class actions are a good thing and should be permitted in any good legal system. To do otherwise is to place the levers of justice high above the heads of those who cannot afford costly and lengthy court actions.

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