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Judge Colombo's asbestos ruling, cont'd

The Wall Street Journal editorializes in praise of a Detroit judge's crackdown on dubious medical testimony:

Defendants presented evidence that Dr. [Michael] Kelly was neither a radiologist nor a pulmonologist and had failed the test that certifies doctors to read X-rays for lung disease. They also showed that the overwhelming majority of hospital radiologists who had reviewed Dr. Kelly's patients found no evidence of disease. ... According to Michigan records, Dr. Kelly has been responsible for reporting more than 7,300 cases of asbestos disease. ...

The plaintiffs firm -- Greenberg, Persky and White -- has already requested a delay in another 180 cases that were due to be heard in January and May -- and which presumably also relied on Dr. Kelly. Judge Colombo denied that request, which means the plaintiffs will either have to dismiss or find some other doctor to replicate Dr. Kelly's miraculously consistent diagnoses.

Earlier here and here.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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