RAND Issues Report on Abuse of Medical Diagnostic Practices in Mass Litigation

March 31, 2010

Mark A. Behrens, Corey Schaecher

In June 2005, United States District Court Judge Janis Graham Jack of the Southern District of Texas declared that all but one of 10,000 cases aggregated under Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) 1553 were based on “fatally unreliable” diagnoses. Judge Jack found that the claims “were driven by neither health nor justice: they were manufactured for money.” ...

RAND Issues Report on Abuse of Medical Diagnostic Practices in Mass Litigation