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December 18, 2013
Press Release Fraud - The Verdict Stands
The Harkonen/Intermune case (blogged about here) seems to have come to a resolution (or no resolution, depending on your viewing angle): the Supreme Court has declined to hear W. Scott Harkonen's appeal. So the original verdict (and the rejection of its appeal) stand, and the argument that the disputed press release was merely a scientific argument fails. I agree with that, because this case seemed pretty egregious, but it might have been nice to see what the Supreme Court thought about the issue. The problem is, when you invite that, you get to, well, find out what the Supreme Court thinks about the issue. And like the old Fleetwood Mac song, "Oh, Well", they might not give the answer that you want them to.
I wanted to mention, since I linked to the Pharmalot article on this, that it appears that the whole PharmaLive/Med Ad News/Pharmalot operation is being shut down as of the end of this year. As soon as I hear what Ed Silverman, Pharmalot's longtime author, is up to after this, I'll make a note of it on the blog.
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