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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge today reinstated Dr. Kwang Yul Cha's defamation lawsuit against Dr. Bruce Flamm, reversing an earlier ruling that dismissed the suit under California's Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) statute. The lawsuit stems from an article Dr. Flamm wrote in the March/April 2007 edition of OB/GYN News in which Dr. Flamm claimed that Dr. Cha has been "found guilty of fraud, deception and/or plagiarism."…..The Court in November ruled in Dr. Flamm's favor, dismissing the suit. Dr. Cha's attorneys then filed a motion to vacate the decision based on new evidence and other arguments, which was granted today by the Court…..When the study, "Does Prayer Influence the Success of In Vitro Fertilization-Embryo Transfer?", was published, the authors acknowledged the results seem incredible and said unknown biological factors may have played a role. "We are putting the results out there hoping to provoke discussion and see if anything can be learned from it." Dr. Flamm, who is reportedly on the advisory board of the lobbying group the Secular Coalition for America, called for the article to be retracted. But the Journal of Reproductive Medicine has refused to retract the paper. Dr. Lawrence Devoe, the journal's editor-in-chief, has stated publicly "…in principle, if the study was done with the proper passage of study components through an IRB (Institutional Review Board), which there was in this case, and the data were properly analyzed, submitted, and reviewed … there would be no reason to retract the article."" Report in Business Wire Report , (25th January 2008)