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Silicosis doctors take the Fifth

As a WSJ editorial reported on Monday (sub-only), three doctors who have been central figures in the scandal over assembly-line diagnosis of silica injury were summoned to a Congressional hearing last week, but took the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. Rep. Ed Whitfield, who heads the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight and investigations subcommittee, "is far from done. His committee has sent letters to 13 law firms seeking information about their financial arrangements and interactions with doctors and screening companies. It'll be instructive to see if they too exercise their right against self-incrimination." David Stone has additional pointers to coverage in the Mobile Register and Madison Record. According to the Mobile Register, businessman Heath Mason, co-owner of the Pascagoula-area screening company N&M Inc., said the law firm of Campbell Cherry, which hired his firm to screen x-rays, paid only when a result positive for disease was found. More coverage: NAMIC; statement by committee chair Joe Barton.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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