Trump Could Be Sued by 30,000 COVID Victims
Simple Negligence Could Provide Basis for Class Action Law Suits
If the claim sounds exaggerated, doubters should remember that Banzhaf has been called "a Driving Force Behind the Lawsuits That Have Cost Tobacco Companies Billions of Dollars," and "The Law Professor Who Masterminded Litigation Against the Tobacco Industry."
He also forced McDonald's to pay over $12 million to settle a novel law suit over fat in its french fries, and, in another unusual law suit, forced former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew to repay the money he took in bribes, even through the State of Maryland had refused to bring the law suit to recover it.
The numbers are based on a careful published study by Stanford researchers who concluded that, based upon COVID-19 data during the weeks after each rally, there were some 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which led to more than 700 deaths. As the Stanford researchers put it: "The communities in which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death."
Banzhaf argues that holding such mass-spreader events in clear defiance of well-accepted COVID medical guidelines and overwhelming scientific evidence, and then both discouraging the wearing of masks, and even singling out mask wearers for ridicule and embarrassment, meets the well-established definition of "negligence"
Lawyers who specialize in class action law suits who are eager to represent a large class of plaintiffs - to increase their chances of success and of a large payout should they win - as well as those who for personal or political reasons hate the President, might want to consider filing such a novel outside-the-
He notes that, even if not successful, such a legal action could generate large amounts of negative media coverage, and, through pre-trial discovery, uncover documents which could be very embarrassing to Trump.