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Legal spat over prayer study ends

The ongoing linkurl:legal battle;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54035/ between a fertility researcher who published a controversial 2001 linkurl:study;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11584476&dopt=AbstractPlus linking in vitro fertilization success to prayer and University of California, Irvine professor Bruce Flamm, who has been openly critical of that study, appears to be over for now. Los Angeles Superior Court judge James Dunn dismissed t

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The ongoing linkurl:legal battle;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54035/ between a fertility researcher who published a controversial 2001 linkurl:study;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11584476&dopt=AbstractPlus linking in vitro fertilization success to prayer and University of California, Irvine professor Bruce Flamm, who has been openly critical of that study, appears to be over for now. Los Angeles Superior Court judge James Dunn dismissed the linkurl:suit;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53709/ today (Apr 21) on the grounds that an linkurl:opinion piece;http://www.obgynnews.com/article/PIIS0029743707702021/fulltext that Flamm wrote in __Ob. Gyn. News__ was not defamatory, as the lawyers for the fertility researcher, linkurl:Kwang Yul Cha,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53166/ had claimed. "[Dunn] basically said the comments were factual when I made them," Flamm said, referring to statements he wrote about Cha and his coauthors in his March 2007 opinion piece. Flamm said that he and his wife received the judge's decision with a "great sigh of relief" today in court. "It's been a real nightmare," Flamm said of the lengthy legal battle. The judge linkurl:threw out;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53876/...

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