Mayor de Blasio apparently means to spend a lot of his second time period suing for a greater world. Hey: It’s an inexpensive strategy to increase his nationwide progressive profile, and who may very well be in opposition to that?
“It’s time for Massive Pharma to pay for what they’ve accomplished,” Hizzoner huffed final week, accusing the trade of triggering the opioid disaster by “hooking tens of millions of Individuals in change for revenue.” His lawsuit, he claims, will “save extra lives.”
Sure, these darn drug makers make medication to ease ache — and other people really use it, even generally overuse it. Case closed?
This shortly follows his swimsuit in opposition to Massive Oil — corporations like Exxon and BP that make gas to run automobiles, factories and energy crops. All that, the attorneys charged, brought about local weather change and triggered Superstorm Sandy.
Town is spending billions to struggle international warming and beef up waterfronts. Massive Oil should pay; local weather change should finish. And don’t ask find out how to maintain the lights on with out fossil fuels, or not less than a ton of recent nuclear crops.
Now, suing works particularly nicely if defendants will be painted as evil and have deep pockets. Firms make terrific targets (particularly for leftist pols). Utilizing the phrase “Massive” to explain them additionally helps.
The mannequin is the settlement with Massive Tobacco — and by no means thoughts that the cigarette corporations actually had suppressed analysis about their merchandise’ baneful influence, nor that the settlement really secured the present gamers’ dominance out there.
What’s subsequent? De Blasio’s “logic” suggests the town may quickly even be suing Massive Meals for inflicting weight problems, Massive Liquor (and Massive Auto?) over drunk driving, and Massive Actual Property for the shortage of inexpensive housing.
If solely he may discover a Massive One thing to sue for the failings of NYCHA…