A district court judge granted of summary judgment in favor of Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation, finding the extensive records did not demonstrate that they were responsible for the alleged misconduct stemming from nonconsensual STD experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s.

The plaintiffs, a class of estates and beneficiaries of victims who died as a result of syphilis testing following nonconsensual medical experiments primarily in Guatemala, sued under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) against Johns Hopkins, Rockefeller, and their professors, physicians and researchers. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 2015, the according to the court’s opinion filed April 18.