Law professor files ethical complaint against Crowell & Moring

Firm made controversial comments in a July client alert

Jason Huber, a professor at Charlotte School of Law, filed a complaint with the Office of Bar Counsel last week against Crowell & Moring. Huber claims the large law firm had no scientific evidence to support a comment it made in a legal alert it posted on its site in July regarding a study that pointed to a higher rate of birth defects among communities near mountaintop coal removal operations.

In its alert, the firm said the study “failed to account for [consanguinity], one of the most prominent sources of birth defects.” The firm’s use of the word “consanguinity,” which means a close relation or connection, is to refer to inbreeding. When complaints came in about the comment in the alert, the firm apologized and immediately removed the alert from its website.


Cathleen Flahardy

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