The Sixth Session of the Brazilian Federal Regional Tribunal for the 3rd Region recently rejected appeals from the State of Sao Paulo and the federal government, siding with an indigent patient who was denied two osteoporosis medications by the national health service. The health service had previously ruled that the two drugs, Fosamax 70 and Maxicalc D 400 were not medically necessary in the patient’s case. The Federal Regional Tribunal’s ruling upholds the decision of a lower court based on the right of citizens to receive adequate medical treatment.
The lower court’s judgement condemned the federal government and Sao Paulo for refusing to supply the drugs in question as medically necessary. Sao Paulo then appealed the lower court’s decision, requesting the judgement be vacated and arguing that the patient failed to appear for mandatory check-ups at the Pharmaceutical Assistance Department. The state also argued that the court overreached its authority in this case as it is beyond the scope of the judiciary to interfere with public policy.
The federal government also appealed the decision, arguing that the defendant had no standing to file suit against the federal government as, in its view, the dispensing of pharmaceuticals is a state rather than a federal matter. Federal Judge Paulo Sarno took issue with both arguments, stating that the right of patients to receive medically necessary treatment is paramount.
Ricardo Tosto is a leading Sao Paulo attorney practicing in a number of specialty areas, such as criminal, civil, electoral, and corporate law. As the managing partner of one of the city’s most successful firms, Ricardo Tosto is well known for his insight and his razor-sharp approach to the law. He earned his law degree at McKenzie Presbyterian University, also in Sao Paulo.
Ricardo Tosto started out twenty-six years ago in a small one-room office. His law firm grew quickly, successfully competing with Sao Paulo’s most established legal professionals. Over time, Ricardo Tosto & Associates became a top firm thanks in no small measure to his ability to recruit and mold top quality legal talent. Ricardo Tosto has also been a pioneer in conceiving several innovative legal strategies which are today commonplace in Brazil.
Thor Halvorssen is a man of many hats. He is a strong human rights fighter who produces films that raise awareness to public policy, public interest advocacy, human rights, and civil liberties as well as the president of the Human Rights Foundation and the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum.
Halvorssen was born in 1976 in Venezuela where he grew up witnessing the harm that happens when basic human rights are not respected. He watched his father become imprisoned on trumped up charges where he was tortured and beaten because he chose to investigate the Medellin Cartel for money laundering and bank fraud. Later, his mother was shot at a peaceful protest against the Venezuelan recall referendum in 2004, she was a British subject who was wounded but did recover from her injuries. These pivotal moments in his life helped shape him into the man he has become who values all basic human rights and fights in every way he knows how for each person around the world to have access to what is right and fair.
Halvorssen takes a special interest in issues that involve dictatorships, human trafficking, threats to democracy, and slavery. One of his biggest achievements was leading a campaign on the floor of Lucent Technologies during the annual shareholder meeting. There was talk that the company used slave labor to fabricate their products, Halvorssen fought hard to make sure the company would require China to certify the products would not use any form of slave labor, namely those from the Laogai camps where allegedly eight million people were imprisoned in 1,100 farms, factories, and facilities that produced a large supply of consumer goods.
Halvorssen continues to spend time anywhere he sees violations against peoples basic human rights including North Korea. It is one of the areas of the world where citizens are basically held captive and Halvorssen has spent time and money spreading truth and fighting for justice in this dark corner of the world.
One thing that could be said about Brazil is that there are a ton of lawyers that are active. One of the popular activities in Brazil have to do with law. For one thing, citizens of Brazil find it very important to know what laws are in effect so that they can not only avoid breaking them, but also make sure that they are able to catch people that are breaking the law. Also, given the abundance of lawyers, Brazilians are able to choose from a multitude of lawyers in the case they have been hit with an offense.
Amone the lawyers that people should be on the look out for is Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho. He is actually one of the most prominent lawyers in the industry. He is one of the lawyers that has shown himself to be very passionate about the practice. Therefore, he has taken the time to learn all there is to know about the Brazilian laws and how to understand them. He has began with a small office. Afterwards, he has moved on towards a corporate law firm that had high levels of experience. Afterwards, he has started his own firm and with the right amount of work, it became the largest firm.
He is also known for providing representation for the larger corporations as well as multinationals. He has even worked with politicians that held different views than him. He has shown that he is very talented and willing to get to the bottom of the case so that true justice is served and the truly innocent can go on with their lives. He has also pioneered a few mechanisms for his firm. They eventually became adopted by the legal community of Brazil.