Meet George T. Baxter, Esq.
George T. Baxter, Esq. is a trial lawyer. Among his notable cases is Synder v. AABB where he championed the rights of Willam Synder against the entire United States Blood Industry. Mr. Synder was given AIDS contaminated blood products during heart surgery. George won the first and historical jury verdict against the American Association of Blood Banks for failing to safeguard the blood supply.
George proved that politics and business practices led to the entire blood industry and Federal Food & Drug Administration, which oversees blood as a biologic, to stubbornly refused to use available technology that would have prevented Bill, and thousands of other people, from getting AIDS contaminated blood transfusions.
George’s victory for Bill is widely reported in Snyder v. Mekhjan, 244 N.J. Super (App. Div. 1990), Snyder v. Mekhjan, 129 N.J. 328 (1991), Snyder v. American Association of Blood Banks, 282 N.J. Super 23 (App. Div. 1995) and Snyder v. American Association of Blood Banks, 144 N.J. 269 (1996).
The Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Washinton, D.C. selected George for the Trial Lawyer of the Year Public Achievement Award for protecting healthcare consumers in the dramatic courtroom victory in the landmatk case of Synder v. American Association of Blood Banks, 144 N.J. 269 (1996).
The evidence George produced at Mr. Synder’s trial fueled the congressional investigation, chaired by Congressman John Dingle, United States Congressional Energy and Commerce Committee and the Oversight and Investigations Sub-Committee, into the politics and business practices that allowed the AIDS crisis to happen in the early 1980’s.
Later, George helped to privately finance and launch VaxGen, Inc., a public company that undertook the humanitrian challenge of developing the world’s first AIDS vaccine, based in San Francisco, California. George served as the Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors. He oversaw international collaborations and the IPO of the company.
George authored “Every Last Drop,” which is the true David and Golieth story of politics behind the early United States AIDS epidemic and the Synder Case landmark verdict.
Distinquished Military Service:
Prior to attending law school George honorably served with the United States Marine Corps, 3rd Marine Division Recon Battalion, from 1969 to 1972. The Marines decorated him with Meritorious Mast as a distinquished platoon sergeant.
After his discharge from the Marines George graduated Rutgers Law School, Newark, New Jersey, with honors. He also attended Stanford Univerity Graduate School of Business for Innovation, Palo Alto, California.
Some of George’s million dollar courtroom successes include:
- $7.2 M – 32 year woman who was unnecessarily given AIDS contaminated blood products during the delivery of her son due to a misdiagnosis by her physician. This was a structured settlement awarded in 1995.
- $2.1 M– Jury Verdict and settlements in the case Snyder v. American Association of Blood Banks (1996)
- $1.2 M – Case confidential settlement in 1997 for a young girl against orthopedic physician.
- $1.1 M – Medical Malpractice Settlement for nerve damage caused by cystogoloy procedure 2015
- $1.2 M– Medical Malpractice confidential settlement
- $1.2 M – Partnership Buyout Dispute 2015
- $1. 1M – Confidential settlement for young girl against physician who gave her an uneccessary transfusion and infected her with AIDS- in 1999
George’s Notable Landmark Case Decisions:
George takes on tough cases for his clients. When necessary he has fought courtroom battles that go all the way to the appellate and supreme courts. Here is a sampling of George’s supreme court battles and victories.
- Snyder v. Mekhjan, 244 N.J. Super 281 (App. Div. 1990)- George successfully argues before the New Jersey appellate Court the right of a woman- patient to sue the hospital and blood bank for negligently screening and testing its blood products that infected her with AIDS.
- Snyder v. Mekhjan, 129 N.J. 328 (1991)- George successfully argues before the New Jersey Supreme Court the woman’s right to sue her physician and hospital for infecting her with AIDS from contaminated blood.
- Snyder v. American Association of Blood Banks, 282 N.J. Super. 23 (App. Div. 1995) – Several years later, after a long successful trial, George argues again before the New Jersey appellate court for William Snyder’s trial victory.
- Snyder V. American Association of Blood Banks, 144 N.J. 269 (1996) – George again successfully fends off the industry’s appeal and the New Jersey Supreme court affirms George’s landmark trial victory.
- Peticionne v. BFPR Properties (Bergen County, Unpublished) George successfully argues that the business partner of an LLC may attach the ownership of the other partners’ ownership and sell it to satisfy his client’s $1.2 million dollar arbitration award.
- R.F. v. Abbott Laboratories, New Jersey Supreme Court 2000, Product Liability case against Abbott Laboratories who manufactured an AIDS test that failed to detect a contaminated unit that was transfused into George’s client, R.F.
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