Not the soundest means of establishing academic credibility or resolving academic disagreements. (Michael Higgins, “Best-seller leads scholar to file lawsuit”, Chicago Tribune, Apr. 11) (h/t Slim). (Full disclosure: Lott was a former colleague of mine at AEI, and once gave me a ride home.)
Second update: we have a copy of the complaint. See after the jump.
I have uploaded a copy of the complaint to Overlawyered.
The lawsuit may come down to the allegation in paragraph 13 whether the phrase “replicate Lott’s results” has an “objective and factual meaning.” Levitt will either try to persuade a court (or, if necessary, a jury) that “replicate” was used in its lay sense, rather than the technical sense—or he may attempt to defend himself on the technical grounds. (Ayres & Donohue paper (and here); Lott’s response to Ayres and Donohue; Plassmann/Whitley response to Ayres/Donohuse.)