Jim Gottstein, an attorney who was one of three people named as conspirators in the infamous Zyprexa document scandal last year, has renewed his fight against an injunction leveled against him by a federal judge in New York.
For those who don't recall, Gottstein, who runs The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, a non-profit against forced drugging; David Egilman, who was an expert witness for plaintiffs’ lawyers suing Lilly, and Alex Berenson, a reporter for The New York Times, were accused by US District Court Judge Jack Weinstein of violating a court order by scheming to publish sealed Zyprexa documents.
The judge called the reporter ‘reprehensible,‘ but he wasn’t punished. Egilman settled for $100,000, but argued he didn’t admit to anything illegal. Here’s the judge's order from last year. Gottstein, however, has been in limbo while attempting negotiations that never reached fruition.
Now, Gottstein has filed a notice reactivating his appeal of Weinstein's injunction, which charged him with violating a court order and prevented him from disseminating the Zyprexa documents. Gottstein sent us this explanation: "In order to facilitate settlement discussions we agreed to put the appeal on hold and have repeatedly extended the deadlines. However, because the negotiations have dragged on so long, it is hard for me to believe Lilly intends to ever reach an agreement with me.
"On the other hand, in other ways, it seems like we are very close, but with maybe a couple of sticking points remaining. I continue to be cautiously optimistic we will reach a settlement. So, if Lilly wants to reach a settlement we can always drop the appeal, but if not, we are moving forward with it."