By: Joe Strupp
A Virginia doctor is suing two local newspapers and a Tennessee TV station claiming the news outlets wrongly linked him to illegal distribution of the prescription drug OxyContin.
Two lawsuits filed March 7 in Wise County (Va.) Circuit Court by Dr. Bahman Payman accuse the Bristol Herald-Courier, a daily, The Coalfield Progress, a semiweekly in Norton, and WKPT-TV in Kingsport of discrediting Payman by using photos of OxyContin bottles with his name on them.
The photos were used adjacent to stories on doctors who illegally prescribe the painkiller. Payman’s suit, which states he never took part in illegal distribution of the drug, seeks $800,000 in damages from the three news organizations.