"What on earth are we coming to when a court flat out says it doesn't trust a large (supposedly responsible) corporation."
I and plenty of others have mentioned this already but it bears repeating:
A public limited company (or corporation if you like American-speak) is legally bound to be a psychopath, placing money above all other priorities including human decency. The original idea of a corporation may not have been like this. The original "incorporated company" was limited in what it could do and what other companies it could buy, and stakeholders (not shareholders) were partly responsible for what the company did in their name.
After a couple of centuries of lawyering in order to get more power than the original laws dictated, the modern corporation is far removed from the original.
What amazes me is that they were ever trusted to begin with.
Also the movie "The Corporation" is a good intro for people who don't know the history. It makes for depressing viewing. Nice if you're in a "fuck the world" mood.
(El Reg editors: The movie makers don't care if people copy and paste the movie around, though you can buy it for £2.49 if you like. Please don't delete me.)