Promote Scientific Discourse, Not Lawsuits
Keywords:American Society of Anesthesiologists, court opinion, Pacira Biosciences, peer review, trade libel
Pacira Biosciences initiated a lawsuit asserting trade libel over articles and related materials produced by Anesthesiology. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss. After hearing oral argument and considering briefs, the presiding court dismissed the case with prejudice. The court focused on the preference for scientific disputes to be addressed through scientific discourse and under peer review. The court recognized that courts are not an appropriate venue absent specific circumstances. The decision will optimistically encourage dialogue and not chill future questions from being raised.
Opinion. PACIRA BIOSCIENCES, INC., Plaintiff, v. AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS, INC., et al., Defendants. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY. 2022. Available at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCOURTS-njd-2_21-cv-09264/pdf/USCOURTS-njd-2_21-cv-09264-0.pdf.
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