The families of the German Thalidomide children were becoming increasingly desperate. There was still no end of the trial in sight, and so far they hadn’t received any money. So they accepted the settlement offer Grünenthal had brought to the table a few months earlier: 100 Million Mark in compensation, but only if the parents dropped all their claims and understood they were never to sue the company ever again. Grünenthal demanded a signature from every involved family.
Source: Michael Magazanik: Silent Shock. The Men behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an Australian Family’s Long Road to Justice. Melbourne 2015, p. 173.