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Eastern High Court rules in Bente Klarlund Pedersen's DCSD case

February 19, 2015
Denmark's Eastern High Court has ruled in favour of Professor Bente Klarlund Pedersen MD DMSc and concludes that she has not committed scientific dishonesty.

Professor Bente Klarlund Pedersen DMSc brought the decision taken by the Danish Committees for Scientific Dishonesty (DCSD) in August 2014 before the courts. The decision involves the reuse of biopsy material, research protocol, image manipulation, etc.

The Eastern High Court issued its ruling on the case on 18 February 2015 The High Court generally finds that based on the evidence, there is not sufficient grounds for concluding that the Defendant committed scientific dishonesty.

The main conclusions of the ruling are:

  • The Defendant's claim that certain members of the DCSD were not permitted to take part in the case is dismissed
  • The DCSD is acquitted from the Defendant's claim that the Committees' decisions of 18 December 2013 and 28 August 2014 are invalid in so far as the decisions conclude that the Defendant committed scientific dishonesty
  • The Defendant's claim, that the Committee's decision of 28 August 2014 be repealed in so far as the decision concluded that the Defendant committed scientific dishonesty, is sustained
  • The DCSD must pay partial costs of the case.  

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