Lawsuits, Buyouts and Time Travel
One of the most interesting side effects of the story has been public reaction, not to the lawsuit, but to the purpose of the site itself. The increased exposure has lead to increased scrutiny, both of the purpose of the database, and of the government's roll in it.
"There is a vibrant and vigorous collection of privately-operated, tax-paying sites that publish consumer complaints, reviews and information without spending taxpayers' money," said Zac Carman, CEO of ConsumerAffairs.com. "Private sites have vigorously and successfully defended their right to publish information of public importance. The government's entry into the publishing arena muddies the water and accomplishes little. The federal government should go back to doing what it does best ... whatever that is."
Company Doe's name has not been revealed, meaning that at least for now, the court has decided to maintain the seal on information related to the case. The outcome of that decision, either to allow anonymity or require disclosure, will have a pronounced effect on future product safety cases, as well as on the future of SaferProducts.gov.
That's all I've got. Oh, and remember to turn your clocks back an hour on Sunday. I like to do it in the middle of the day, pretending I went back in time to relive and correct all the mistakes I made in that hour. This is just an excuse to eat a second lunch.