George Baxter (lawyer)

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George Thomas Baxter is an attorney who fought for the rights of victims of AIDS and won the landmark verdict against the blood industry for allowing the United States blood supply to be contaminated with AIDS in the early 1980s.[1][2][3] Baxter was born in Passaic, New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University Law School 1983.

Snyder v. American Association of Blood Banks[edit]

In the landmark case Snyder v. American Association of Blood Banks, 144 N.J. 269 (1996) the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the only jury verdict in the country finding that the blood bankers were negligent and concern over the cost of donor testing caused his client to be infected from contaminated blood.[4] The evidence from the Snyder trial helped fuel the Congressional Investigation by the Subcommittee of Blood Safety into the Federal Food and Drug Administration's regulators and blood bankers that resulted in people getting AIDS tainted blood in the early 1980s.[5] Baxter in fighting for the rights of patients infected with AIDS from contaminated blood won the right to donor discovery in Snyder v. Makhijan, 244 N.J. Super 281 (App. Div. 1990) which defined the rights of people infected by contaminated blood to sue the blood bankers.[6][7][8]


Baxter was nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year for his work representing the rights of Health Care Consumers and Patients infected with AIDS by contaminated blood and won several landmark court cases.[9] "1995 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Finalists, TLPJ Foundation."[10]


  1. ^ "Blood Bank Is Held Liable in AIDS Case," The New York Times Wednesday, June 5, 1996
  2. ^ AIDS Victims Win Fight for Blood Bank Discovery 128 N.J.L.J. Index Page 1075, New Jersey Law Journal, Thursday, August 8, 1991
  3. ^ "Widow's AIDS Suit Going To Trial" Herald & News, Saturday, February 27, 1999
  4. ^ "State's Top Court holds blood bank group liable for HIV testing in 80's", The Star-Ledger, June 5, 1996 
  5. ^ "Blood Supply Safety: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce (Blood Supply Safety III), 103rd Cong., 1 st Sess., at 1 (1 993)(statement of Congressman Dingell)
  6. ^ "AIDS-Infected Can Question Blood Donors", New York Times, August 1, 1991, retrieved 7 May 2011 
  7. ^ Blood Banks Group Must Pay Award in Transfusion Suit, The Record, June 6, 1995
  8. ^ "AIDS Victims Win Fight For Blood Bank Discovery", New Jersey Law Journal. August 8, 1991
  9. ^ Trial Lawyers For Public Justice
  10. ^ "AIDS BEFORE HIGH COURT". The Star-Ledger. May 7, 1991.