(Previous entry: Mar. 16.)
"You mean I could go to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and buy an X-ray machine and take it to Wal-Mart and start taking X-rays?" A round-up of press coverage: Mary Alice Robbins, "Judge in Silicosis Suits Critical of Plaintiffs Counsel", Texas Lawyer, Mar. 21; Lynn Brezosky, "Judge stunned at use of X-ray machine to diagnose silicosis", AP, Feb. 18. Dr. Todd Coulter's X-ray practice, the subject of controversy at the hearings, is, ironically, covered unironically as a wonderful new business model by the American Medical News, normally a proponent of litigation reform. (Mike Norbut, "Money woes solved with cash-only practice", Feb. 10, 2003). By some plaintiffs' theory of asbestos manufacturer liability, which asks unrelated corporations to pay for the fear of exposure, the plaintiffs' attorneys would be liable for the screening companies' exposure of potential clients to radiation. Any class action attorneys specialize in poetic justice?