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Thursday, June 30, 2011

UW Settles Public Records Act Case Over Baby Einstein Study

The Seattle Times reports that the UW settled a Public Records Act case seeking access to the UW data used to call into question the effectiveness of the Baby Einstein children's educational products. The Baby Einstein creators, who wondered why the UW study said their product was bad, asked for the UW's study data. How hard could it be to provide the data in a scientific study?

Pretty hard, apparently. After several years and 18 months of vigorous litigation, the UW finally turned over the study data. However, it looks like the UW has multiple versions of the data, which is not exactly the scientific method. Serious questions have been raised about the UW's anti-Baby Einstein study.

NOTE: Greg Overstreet of Allied Law Group was co-counsel for the records requestors in this case.