“Nine out of ten doctors agree . . .” That was a classic claim made in pharmaceutical advertising, and the assertion of a consensus of alleged authorities sounds impressive, but what does it really mean? The claim raises many obvious questions, such as: Were thousands of doctors surveyed and 90 percent of them in agreement, or was it just ten doctors total? Do the doctors have actual expertise in the use of the product they've endorsed, or do their specialties lie elsewhere? Were they paid for their opinions? Perhaps most important, why does one out of ten doctors disagree?
HOUSTON – One of a group of businessmen the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleged sold fraudulent oil and gas investments to shareholders asked for a new court trial earlier this month, contending that his involvement in the case, recruiting investors, had ended before a summary court judgment determined that fraud had been committed.