Thanks to Mitt Romney, we know that corporations are people. But should that also mean that a big business gets to file lawsuits anonymously under the name of “Company Doe”?
A coalition of consumer groups has asked a federal court to deny a company’s bid to do just that, in a case that involves a new public database of potentially harmful products maintained by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.
On Oct. 17, Company Doe filed a lawsuit against the product safety commission in the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland, according to the nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen. The suit, Public Citizen says, seeks “to block the C.P.S.C. from posting on a publicly accessible database a consumer’s report of harm apparently caused by one of the company’s products.”