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Malpractice Defense Attorneys Attempt Media Cleansing

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Fairfax, Virginia attorney Ben Glass, who is blogging on the InjuryBoard.com network, posts a story about the over-zealous defense attorneys who may not have heard of free speech.

Doctors’ Lawyers Want Web Site Shut Down

I could not have made this story up!. My friend, New York Medical Malpractice Attorney Gerry Oginski has a terrific consumer oriented medical malpractice website. He, like I, use our web site to fight our little battle against the MILLIONS of dollars spent by the insurance industry to get mis-information out there about insurance claims, medical malpractice lawsuits and the like. His website is truthful, honest and filled with tons of good information.

Now, Gerry tells me that some defense lawyers in his area are trying to have his website shut down because they are afraid jurors will:

(1) disobey the judge and do Internet research during trial;
(2) stumble upon his truthful website
(3) get educated with the truth.

Seems kinda heavy handed to try to have Gerry turn off his website (no mention of course of all of the “tort-reform” websites out there that the jury may just stumble upon) and thus be deprived of his livelihood.

Now, note that they don’t allege that anything on the website is slanderous, libelous, defamatory or even wrong!

Boneheads.

Ben’s article contains more information about this misguided effort to keep the whole truth from the public. Thanks, Ben, for this example of “media cleansing” in the Land Of The Free.