Magazine article The Quill

Judge Rules against Globe in Libel Case

Magazine article The Quill

Judge Rules against Globe in Libel Case

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In early April, a Superior Court judge in Massachusetts ruled against the Boston Globe in a libel case, citing the newspaper's refusal to reveal sources in its coverage of a chemotherapy overdose that resulted in the death of a Globe columnist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Lois Ayash, a former Dana-Farber physician, filed a lawsuit against the Globe, Dana-Farber, and Dr. David M. Livingston in 1996. In the suit, she claimed that she had been unfairly "scapegoated" for the December 1994 death of Betsy A. Lehman.

Ayash alleged that she was libeled in a 1995 Globe story that said she had countersigned the medical order that brought about Lehman's death. She also said the story porfrayed her as the "leader of the team" that cared for Lehman.

The Globe later printed a correction saying that Ayash hadn't countersigned the order, but stood by its portrayal of Ayash as the physician in charge of Lehman's treatment team. …

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