A jury award in West Virginia will require two lawyers and a doctor to pay CSX Rail $429,240 for racketeering and fraud in the reading of x-rays in asbestos cases.
The two attorneys hired the doctor to read tens of thousands of x-rays. One of the lawyers filed 14,000 asbestos claims against the railroad. The doctor’s questionable diagnoses first came to light in Texas silicosis cases. The amount awarded represents the legal fees paid by CSX to defend the cases.
Source: Michael Krauss, “The Lawyer as Racketeer ,” December 26, 2012