The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has repeatedly taken the position that there are too many lawsuits, seems to believe a lawsuit is just fine when it accomplishes their own objectives. Thomas Donohue, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce President, has been a local critic of all lawsuits. But, he is now singing a different tune. Donohue, in a stern warning, told European union policy makers if they adopt a version of proposed new chemical industry regulations, which are now moving through the European Parliament, they would be sued. Donohue said,“We’re going to sue the hell out of them on some of this stuff.”
The chemicals legislation, being considered by the European Parliament, is what has Donohue’s “dander” up. He made his lawsuit threat against European environmental groups and policy makers. The World Wildlife Fund, which is an influential environmental group, says the current proposal before the European union is about improving the health of the average citizen. The new regulations would require the chemical industry to conduct more rigorous testing of chemical substances to ensure they are not harming human, animal or plant life.As you probably all have read, many studies and reports have recently shown test results where traces of chemicals are beginning to show up in people’s blood in many parts of the world. I guess the moral of this story is that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is opposed to lawsuits, unless it is its own lawsuit designed to further its own goals. The truth of the matter is that the Chamber doesn’t believe ordinary folks should have access to the judicial system when Corporate America is the wrongdoer.
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