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September 29, 1994

Fisher, Pitt lawyers are still talking

A hearing on a preliminary injunction seeking Bernard Fisher's reinstatement as chairperson of the Pitt-based National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) has been delayed since Sept. 26 as lawyers for Fisher and the University try to work out a settlement.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the lawyers held day-long negotiating sessions Downtown in conference rooms near the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Donald Ziegler. Fisher sued Pitt on Aug. 8, seeking reinstatement as NSABP head and challenging the University's authority to remove him from the job. He also charged that the interim leadership appointed by Pitt was "undermining and destroying" NSABP, which is the nation's oldest and largest breast cancer research project.

Fisher co-founded NSABP and led it for more than 30 years. He resigned as chairperson six months ago at the insistence of National Cancer Institute officials, following reports of falsified data in NSABP studies and other administrative problems.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 27 Issue 3

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