Eastman Sues 2 Small Labs for Saying Its Plastics May Be Unsafe

"On its face, Eastman Chemical’s lawsuit against two small Texas labs that have said its plastics may be unsafe for consumption looks like a David and Goliath kind of fight (in fact, that’s how the labs are describing it). Corporate giant attempts to silence scientists -- including a professor at the University of Texas at Austin -- from publicizing research that runs counter to its commercial interests."

"But the case is also more nuanced, with both sides potentially having a financial stake in the outcome. That's given it unusual sticking power in a legal system that typically leaves questions of science to the scientists, and raised questions about the intersection of academic freedom and private enterprise. And in a development that has attracted conflict-of-interest watchdogs in the publishing realm, Eastman is trying to block the release of letters showing its funding the writing of a paper that supports its position.

But the case is also more nuanced, with both sides potentially having a financial stake in the outcome. That's given it unusual sticking power in a legal system that typically leaves questions of science to the scientists, and raised questions about the intersection of academic freedom and private enterprise. And in a development that has attracted conflict-of-interest watchdogs in the publishing realm, Eastman is trying to block the release of letters showing its funding the writing of a paper that supports its position.nm,""

Colleen Flaherty reports for Inside Higher Ed July 8, 2013.

Source: Inside Higher Ed, 07/10/2013