Johns Hopkins sued for $1B over Guatemala venereal disease study

April 3, 2015 4:19 AM

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Johns Hopkins University is being sued by 750 plaintiffs seeking $1 billion in compensation for its alleged role in U.S. government experiments during the 1940s and 1950s that deliberately infected subjects in Guatemala with venereal diseases.

The lawsuit, filed in Baltimore Circuit Court, seeks damages for individuals, spouses and children of people infected with syphilis, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases through a U.S. government program between 1945 and 1956. The lawsuit also names the Rockefeller Foundation and the dr...

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