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March 2, 2007

Screening for Silicosis? Or for Dollars?

Most Health Services, a New Jersey medical screening company, has been fined by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for X-raying potential silicosis plaintiffs in motel parking lots without prior written authorization or the presence of a licensed medical practitioner.  The company has appealed the $80,500 fine. The fine stems from allegations raised in silica litigation in Pennsylvania state courts that plaintiffs' counsel - in this case, Provost & Umphrey of Beaumont, Texas - improperly employed mass screening to recruit plaintiffs for the litigation.  This dispute is part of the continuing fallout form U.S. District Judge Janis Jack's 2005 ruling saying that most of the silicosis claims transferred to her for MDL management were without merit.  See Peter Geier's article for The National Law Journal.

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