2 comments to “A Lawyer’s Battle to Puncture Secrecy and Legal Misconduct by Goodyear”

  1. J C Metcalf

    I wish that this ugly story about Goodyear was the exception, but not the rule. Sadly, misconduct of this type by major corporations appears to be standard operating procedure. Concealing information about product related deaths, injuries and illnesses; publishing false and misleading information about product dangers; influencing research in ways that cause research to understate, misstate and misrepresent product dangers. You may recall, for example, Ford’s decision about the Pinto gas tank. Ford having calculated in cold, hard dollars that it would be cheaper to continue to burn up Pinto occupants than spend a few dollars per vehicle to make the gas tank much safer. Or Johns Manville secretly settling dozens of asbestos disease cases in the late 1920s and early 1930s and then maintaining for years that its asbestos products were harmless to its own employees and hundreds and thousands of people exposed to the asbestos products. These examples are the tip of the iceberg. The idea that Goodyear would be engaged in denial and deceit about its dangerous product is right in line with the approach that major corporations regularly take with their products.

  2. Keith Simmons

    The Stock Exchange has become the root of all evil. Companies have put corporate profit ahead of all else, in order to ensure strong share growth and large dividend payments. Without this, the corporate leadership is spilled and replaced by others who will deliver. It has become like this in every major economy around the world and Australia suffers the same problem. Greed is part of the problem, but it comes with self preservation as well. Senior managers and board members cannot act so as to cost the corporation its profit, or they are sacked. We have built an economy that has no conscience and no ethics. Reports like this are becoming commonplace. Mr Goodyear must be turning in his grave.

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