BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Johns Hopkins University faces a $1 billion lawsuit.
The lawsuit is being filed by nearly 800 former research subjects and their families.
They blame the institution for its role in government experiments in the 1940s and ’50s in Guatemala that infected hundreds of people with sexually transmitted diseases.
The lawsuit seeks to hold Hopkins responsible because its doctors held key roles in the experiments.
Hopkins says it will fight the lawsuit and released this statement to WJZ:
“Johns Hopkins expresses profound sympathy for individuals and families impacted by the deplorable 1940s syphilis study conducted by the U.S. Government in Guatemala. This was not a Johns Hopkins study. Johns Hopkins did not initiate, pay for, direct or conduct the study in Guatemala. No nonprofit university or hospital has ever been held liable for a study conducted by the U.S. Government.
It has been well established by a Presidential Commission that this unconscionable research was…
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