Lacks V. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Summary: This consolidated summary outlines a lawsuit filed by Ron L. Lacks, the personal representative of the Estate of Henrietta Lacks, against Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. The lawsuit alleges that Thermo Fisher Scientific knowingly sold and mass-produced Henrietta Lacks' living tissue without her consent. The tissue was taken by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital without her knowledge. The lawsuit argues that this action was part of a racially unjust medical system and claims that Thermo Fisher Scientific has profited from the sale of Ms. Lacks' tissue without compensating her estate or family. Seeking damages for harm caused to the Lacks family and the violation of Ms. Lacks' rights, the lawsuit also highlights the historical context of unethical medical practices involving Black patients. The plaintiff, represented by Lacks' grandson and other attorneys, seeks to recover the profits made by Thermo Fisher Scientific from the unauthorized use of Lacks' cells and demands a trial by jury.

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United States of America v. Robert Hunter Biden

Summary: Hunter Biden is currently embroiled in a lawsuit, accused of purchasing a Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018 while allegedly using illegal substances. Despite denying drug use on the necessary paperwork, if found guilty, he could face a maximum of 25 years in prison along with substantial fines. Biden's defense team contends that the charges are politically driven, asserting that Biden's temporary possession of an unloaded firearm did not constitute a public safety risk. They intend to contest the charges, leveraging an agreement with the prosecution, recent federal court decisions, and potential Second Amendment defenses. This case could potentially ignite wider discussions about Second Amendment rights, especially as the Supreme Court is poised to deliberate on a related issue concerning gun ownership for individuals subject to domestic violence restraining orders. Opinions are divided among political and legislative figures, with some speculating that advocates of the Second Amendment might oppose the law that prohibits gun ownership for drug users.