Seattle Times Wants Suspended Doc's Defamation Suit Nixed

By Sarah Jarvis (July 9, 2020, 10:14 PM EDT) -- The Seattle Times has asked a Washington federal judge to end a suit brought by a neurosurgeon who resigned from an area hospital after the newspaper published a series of reports about his surgical practices, saying the doctor can't show the paper acted with fault, in part because the reports are true.

Wednesday's summary judgment motion focuses on Dr. Johnny B. Delashaw Jr.'s allegation that the paper defamed him by stating in its reports that doctors were incentivized to pursue a high patient volume. The Times said his remaining defamation claim should be tossed because, among other things, Delashaw can't prove...

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