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Rescuing Access To Patented Essential Medicines: Pharmaceutical Companies As Tortfeasors Under The Prevented Rescue Tort Theory, Richard Cameron Gower Apr 2013

Rescuing Access To Patented Essential Medicines: Pharmaceutical Companies As Tortfeasors Under The Prevented Rescue Tort Theory, Richard Cameron Gower

Richard Cameron Gower

Despite some difficulties, state tort law can be argued to create a unique exception to patent law. Specifically, the prevented rescue doctrine suggests that charities and others can circumvent patents on certain critical medications when such actions are necessary to save individuals from death or serious harm. Although this Article finds that the prevented rescue tort doctrines is preempted by federal patent law, all hope is not lost. A federal substantive due process claim may be brought that uses the common law to demonstrate a fundamental right that has long been protected by our Nation’s legal traditions. Moreover, this Article …


Taxing Your Tears: Section 104(A)(2) And The Real Reason To Cry, Richard Cameron Gower Mar 2012

Taxing Your Tears: Section 104(A)(2) And The Real Reason To Cry, Richard Cameron Gower

Richard Cameron Gower

For nearly a century the federal government has been taxing the income of its citizens. For almost as long, it has been exempting damages paid in tort suits from that tax. Nonetheless, scholars cannot agree as to why the exemption should exist. Many justifications have been proposed but they all fail to rationalize the personal injury exemption. After considering and dismissing a variety of justifications for the personal injury tort exemption, this Article considers the sympathy-based rationale for the exemption, which claims that personal physical injury plaintiffs deserve favorable tax treatment because of their sympathetic situations. Though personal physical injury …