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Cancer researcher fails in court bid to unmask online critics

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1349 (Published 10 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1349
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A cancer researcher who wished to sue anonymous commentators on the online journal club PubPeer for defamation has failed in his court bid to unmask them. A circuit court judge in Wayne County, Michigan, largely upheld a motion by PubPeer’s lawyers to dismiss Fazlul Sarkar’s application on First Amendment grounds.

Sarkar, who worked at Wayne State University in Michigan, saw a lucrative job offer at Mississippi State University withdrawn after comments made on PubPeer that …

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