Jury Orders Globe to Pay $2.1 Million

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Jury Orders Globe to Pay $2.1 Million


A Suffolk County, Mass., jury awarded Dr. Lois Ayash $4.2 million in February for lost wages and emotional distress for the way she was treated by The Boston Globe and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute following two chemotherapy overdoses in a medical experiment she designed and oversaw.

In the case against The Globe, a judge already had upheld Ayash's charge that the newspaper libeled her in its coverage of the overdoses and that its reporter intentionally inflicted emotional damage and interfered with her job. Rather than a verdict on the merits of Ayash's claim, that ruling was issued as a punishment for The Globe's refusal to reveal confidential sources, according to the newspaper. The jury said The Globe must pay Ayash $2.1 million.

Globe Publisher Richard H. Gilman said in a statement that the verdict unfairly punished the newspaper for protecting confidential sources: "The Globe was denied the opportunity to present its case by an earlier judge who chose to punish us for our refusal to disclose confidential sources. …

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