Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Not All Toymakers Are Willy Wonka

I am working on a products liability case against a Chinese manufacturer.  Since the case is pending, I will not go into too much detail.  However, this mega-toy manufacturer, with its American cohort, manufactured a product and totally ignored American safety laws.  Our client was gravely injured.  It's the kind of case that haunts a parent's dreams.  Yet, when the American wing of this mega-bucks Chinese company was successfully sued for trademark infringement, the American company up and liquidated the company and transferred all assets to some other phony, baloney shell company, all the while protecting the fat-cat American who is profiting from being the front for this unscrupulous mega-rich foreign company.

Many years ago, there was a Saturday Night Live skit where Dan Aykroyd played an unscrupulous toy manufacturer.  He was interviewed by Candace Bergen, promoting his company's new toy, "Bag of Glass," a bag full of broken glass.  At least potential buyers could see the product for what it was, dangerous.  Our client was unsuspecting and not so fortunate.

How can we make this foreign company stop hurting people?  I don't know and I am frustrated.

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