Under Fla. Law Labs and Feds Say They Have No Duty to Protect Public From Anthrax

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 3:56pm.

The federal government and a private laboratory say they have no duty under Florida law to protect the public from anthrax or other lethal materials.

Their lawyers made that argument yesterday to the Florida Supreme Court. The justices will rule on that issue as part of a lawsuit over the anthrax death of a photo editor for a supermarket tabloid publisher.

Robert Stevens died in October 2001 after being exposed to the deadly material. It was in an envelope mailed to the South Florida offices of American Media Incorporated, which publishes the National Enquirer, Sun and Globe newspapers.

His wife sued the federal government and a private laboratory. The case is pending in federal court until the state justices rule on the public duty issue.

AP - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - May 6, 2008 - posted at www.wwsb.com/Global/

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 3:56pm.


Anonymous | Wed, 05/07/2008 - 6:07pm

People will be surprised to find that very little if any laws exist to protect Americans from dangerous biomedical research performed in any state today. There is a fervor of dangerous research being performed unregulated today. And it is not just Anthrax that we have to worry about. Every major university and pharmaceutical company engage in dangerous research involving genetically engineered viruses and other microbes. They truly can exhaust these agents right out onto the community with no sustained LEGAL ramifications. Biotech workers have no rights to safety forums or even exposure records for their medical care. We have a serious problem with our scientific community today. They are turning their backs on public health and safety issues related to the work they do.