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Dr. Ray A. Harron, one of a small number of doctor responsible for diagnosing enormous numbers of silica and asbestos plaintiffs, has agreed with the Texas Medical Board never again to practice medicine in Texas. Earlier this month, “Dr. Harron agreed not to practice medicine in the period before his medical license expires, not to renew his medical license after it expires and not to petition the Board for reinstatement or re-issuance of his license,” according to the medical board’s Web site. A spokesman for the board also verified the action. The board took its action “based on allegations related to silica/silicosis litigation and Dr. Harron’s determination and signature on x-ray findings of silicosis for numerous silicosis plaintiffs,” the medical board’s Web site said. Dr. Harron was one of the doctors identified in U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack’s advisory opinion which lambasted plaintiffs’ lawyers and the screening companies and doctors they used for manufacturing thousands of bogus silicosis claims. In re Silica Products Liability Litigation, No. 03md1553 (S.D. Texas). Several of these doctors, lawyers and screening companies are believed to be the current subject of federal grand jury proceedings in New York and a Congressional investigation. Harron since has invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege not to discuss his role in testimony to Congress or to courts.

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