Scholars' Right to Keep Unpublished Work Private Is at Issue in Lawsuit

Scholars' Right to Keep Unpublished Work Private Is at Issue in Lawsuit 1

Linda A. Cicero, Stanford U.

Robert Proctor, a professor at Stanford U., is fighting efforts by tobacco-company lawyers to obtain a copy of his unfinished book.

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Linda A. Cicero, Stanford U.

Robert Proctor, a professor at Stanford U., is fighting efforts by tobacco-company lawyers to obtain a copy of his unfinished book.

In a case with potentially major implications for scholars and publishers, a Stanford University professor who often serves as an expert witness against tobacco companies is fighting an effort by lawyers for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to obtain the manuscript of his unpublished and unfinished book on that industry.

A Florida state court judge has already authorized the tobacco company's lawyers to issue a subpoena requiring Robert N. Proctor, a Stanford professor of the history