For businesses, one of the great safeguards against liability is the idea that a plaintiff injured by the business can only recover a judgment from the corporate entity that actually injured them. This is one of the primary reasons our legal system recognizes corporations- to encourage business innovation and enterprise without fear that the individuals operating the business could be personally at risk.
However, this system creates loopholes that allow corporations to entirely evade responsibility for injuries they cause the public. Corporate entities accused of wrongdoing often point the finger into a confusing web of subsidiary corporations. Each entity accused of wrongdoing alleges that they, in some way, cannot be held liable. The goal of such a strategy is to leave the injured plaintiff unable to find any defendant from whom to recover.
The tenacious consumer advocates at Janssen Malloy LLP are not deterred by such strategies. We have often been faced with complex corporate defendants who try to make it so difficult to determine who is responsible that plaintiffs just give up. We don’t. When these defendants try to get out of a case by pointing to subsidiaries or other corporate entities, we don’t take them at their word. We have had great success digging deep into publicly available information, some of it quite arcane, to connect the dots and hold corporate wrongdoers in the case. Often, corporations are required to make disclosures to state and federal agencies. Sometimes, corporations must offer explanations of their corporate structures under oath in other cases. Very frequently, corporations make representations of their roles to the public that contradict what they claim in court.
Our attorneys have beaten these corporate shell games time and time again, to achieve the common-sense results our clients deserve. When a complex corporation makes itself out to be a monolith, we don’t back down. We dig in and do the work to find who’s responsible.