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3M accuses prominent D.C. lawyer of blackmail conspiracy

Litigation over medical diagnostic test expands

3M Corp. is accusing a well-known lawyer of coordinating a massive blackmail conspiracy against the company, according to papers filed yesterday in New York’s Supreme Court.

The complaint is the latest in a string of lawsuits over the past three years related to a diagnostic test used to detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in hospitals. The test featured technology called BacLite, which was developed by the British Ministry of Defense. The MRSA test was supposed to be marketed by 3M, but in 2008, the company decided to back out of the acquisition, saying studies had uncovered high error rates.

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