The recognition bug seems to bite scientists more than those in many other professions. In the book "Prize Fight" Morton A. Meyers, M.D. explains how that lust for reputation too easily leads to fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism.
Lawyers representing plaintiffs who have been allegedly done in by those scientific miscreants or the defendants themselves know well the dark side of research. The temptations are there to take shortcuts. Old-line power systems allow scientists with brandnames to grab credit for the work of the underlings. Also, the competition for grant money is fierce and fame helps provide the edge.
For laypeople the book explains how a Ph.D. or M.D. could be a rock star one day in a research niche and then be the cover story of THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE for biased approaches - or worse - the next. Awe for giants in the field will quickly cool. There were those of us who had revered Ultrich Lichtenthaler. Then there was the expose in BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK.
For trial lawyers such as the ones engaged in "Santa Clara v ARCO" it provides data about how often fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism occur and how judges should be alert when considering research. Indeed, Dr. Meyers might make a very persuasive expert witness for the former lead paint companies. He could question the methodologies of various iconic and newer studies.