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2. The next day, James Lindgren (Northwestern) weighed in on the lawsuit on the Volokh Conspiracy. Unlike Lott’s complaint, Lindgren focuses on the context of the allegedly defamatory statement in Freakonomics, emphasizing that it is made right after raising questions about another one of Lott’s studies, a 1997 telephone survey. The question about the telephone survey is whether Lott actually conducted it. The statement about the failure to replicate Lott’s results involves a different study, and no one doubts that Lott conducted this one. Lindgren worries, however, that the juxtaposition of the comments about the two studies is misleading, perhaps suggesting that Lott did not conduct either one of them. But he still predicts the lawsuit will be unsuccessful.
3. Tim Lambert responded to Lindgren’s comments here. Lambert also discusses Lott’s evidence that he conducted the 1997 telephone survey.