• January 12, 2012

When most people think of Minnesota, they think of cold winters, Scandinavian heritage, “the state of hockey,” and so on, but when human resources professionals or mental health professionals nationwide think of Minnesota, they think of the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) (or maybe Hazelden?).

The MMPI has been a basic staple in the “reality check” medicine cabinet for about 80 years.  If, however, the MMPI were available on-line for all to see, this could complicate or destroy its diagnostic power.  

It is therefore no surprise that the University of Minnesota and Minnesota-based testing company NCS Pearson, Inc. are coming down hard and fast on New Zealander Andrew Dobson for posting the MMPI on-line.

Interestingly, the media reports the U of M lawsuit was “filed” in district court in New York but, as of the time of this post, there is no such filing on PACER.

Apparently the offending publication has been withdrawn so the lawsuit of U of M and NCS Pearson (represented by Stuart Hemphill of Dorsey & Whitney LLP) may be short-lived.

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