Max Kennerly writes a really good post telling the story of how a defendant’s medical malpractice lawyer tried to bully the plaintiffs’ expert by writing the expert’s hospital to express the concern that the expert’s testimony might expose the hospital to significant liability.
Malpractice defense lawyers learned this trick at the feet of the master: pharmaceutical companies make a concerted effort to use its influence at major universities to blackball anyone who testifies against them.
At least this story has a happy ending. The trial judge sanctioned the defense lawyer.
UPDATE: I fixed the broken link. Sorry about that.