|Here it is - another of my opinions.
What should the courts do when companies break the law? Companies pollute
rivers and get fined and examine the cost and find it's cheaper to pay the
fines. Tobacco companies lied about the effects of smoking and have to
give some of their profits to the sates, so now the states find it in
their interest for tobacco companies to be profitable. Drug companies
conceal the side effects of their drugs and get forced to compensate
millions of people that were harmed by the drug, but they do the same
thing again and again because they usually don't get caught. Over and
over companies do illegal things and end up deciding to keep doing it.
Here's what will stop it. The punishment for a company that breaks a law
should be that the people who were responsible for the decision are not
allowed to work in a policy making position in any company for some years
- maybe 10 years - maybe 20. This would apply to the people who made the
decision and their bosses and theirs and theirs all the way up to the
board of directors and the CEO - always including the topmost people
in the corporate hierarchy - even if they claim they did not know.