I see things differently. I have held off on posting this until a slow Sunday.
There is a famous case from Virginia history and the chemical industry’s wrongdoings that implies Viasat is not immune.
Allied Chemical invented a pesticide that they trademarked as Kepone®. For those that care, the chemical name is decachloroocta-hydro-1,3,4,-metheno-2H-cyclobuta[cd]-pentalene-2-one. It is a chlorinated biologically active synthetic molecule that kills insects. Allied management wanted the profits from making and selling this product but they did not want the environmental and health risk associated with it.
Therefore, they set up a subcontractor named LifeSciences to perform the final manufacturing step and sell this product. Both Allied Chemical’s operations and LifeSciences’ operations were located in Hopewell Virginia, on the James River. LifeSciences was inept and dumped their waste Kepone® into the James River and failed to provide adequate protective equipment for their workers. The workers quickly developed nerve damage from exposure to the active ingredient in Kepone®. The commercial and sporting fishing industry were killed off in the James River.
Both companies were sued, but Allied thought it had an iron-clad defense. Their defense was that they did not do the dumping and they did not expose the workers. It was LifeSciences’ fault entirely.
Without going into any more details, neither company is around today because of this. The fine was $200 million dollars in 1975 dollars for both companies. Allied could not delegate their responsibilities to another company and expect to be legally protected.The above is more extreme than Viasat’s actions. However, the precedent has been determined. Companies cannot hide behind sub-contractors who are preforming services for the parent company.