Hundreds of people are filing a billion dollar lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University.
The suit claims Hopkins doctors are responsible for a secret medical experiment on people in Guatemala in the 1940s and 50s. The study, which involved 1,500 people, tested how to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases. Some subjects died and others passed the disease to spouses, sexual partners and children.According to CNN, the suit includes 800 names of children, psychiatric patients, and prostitutes who were allegedly deliberately infected with syphilis and gonorrhea without their knowledge.
Hopkins lawyers say the claims have no merit and are beyond the statute of limitation. An attorney told KFOR-TV the plaintiffs lawyers are just trying to exploit a historical situation for their own gain.
A similar suit filed in 2012 against the U.S. government was dismissed.