One comment to “Former Chief of Consumer Agency Testifying for Accused Company”

  1. Ben Kelley

    This follows an unsavory “revolving door” pattern in which former regulatory agency officials sign on with corporate plaintiffs involved in actual or potential product injury litigation. Usually the assignment is that, for a large fee, the official will testify that the product in question wasn’t under the agency’s jurisdiction, hadn’t been found defective by the agency, or otherwise wasn’t a matter of regulatory concern when the official was working at the agency. Apparently this is meant to convince a jury that the product was safe, or at least “safe enough”. Some might call it casuistry but by whatever name, it is arguably a way for a former regulator to make big bucks from an industry whose safety performance she or he was formerly paid to oversee. Not illegal, but certainly distasteful.

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