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May 17, 2004

US: 'Quackbusters' Going Down in Legal Upset

Quackbusters in the US have had a hard time in court starting about a year ago. Quackbusters are self-appointed "critics" of natural cures and alternative medicine. They come after anything that is not related to the pharmaceutical paradigm of health. Operation Cure-All, which the Federal Trade Commission has started in collusion with the quackbusters, is an example of such action.

These quackbusters also link into a worldwide network of "skeptics" who make it a point to challenge any new idea or development that does not fit the established, profitable paradigm. The trick they use is guilt by association. Attacking "the paranormal", such bodies as CSICOP, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, make sure that any fledgeling alternative finds a very rocky road to travel.

Quackbusters and their similars are strictly in favour of the status quo, of big industry, and of making governments act for them against their selected targets.


One example of this is described in an extremely interesting book by Martin Walker "SKEWED", which details an operation in favour of the chemical industry: The denial of recognition and treatment to thousands of sufferers of environmental poisoning. The excuse: their symptoms are not caused by any toxin but by "psychological problems". The treatment: "antidepressants" and other mood-altering drugs. The actors: CISCOP and their affiliates, national health systems, large insurance companies. The beneficiaries: Chemical giants who can go on polluting our environment and riuning our health without having to face the bill.

But let's get back to the US quackbusters. According to Tim Bolen of Quackpotwatch, the homeopaths seem to have gained the upper hand for now, with quackbusters having to pay a hefty chunk of lawyers' fees for frivolously suing. Here is Tim's latest newsletter:

Homeopaths Now "Own" the Quackbusters
(original here)

Sunday May 16, 2004

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

A few years ago a couple of quackpots strutted into a courtroom (or two) in Los Angeles, California fully intending to "end, for all time, alternative health practices"  in California, by using California's Business & Professions Code section 17200 (fraud in advertising).

Over forty cutting edge supplement companies were brutally sued by the Braintree, Massachusetts based National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) who, in court documents, made some of the weirdest, and most wild-eyed, legal claims, possibly ever heard in the California Court System.

In the first case that came to court, the NCAHF v. King Bio case, the quackbusters pulled out all the stops, and brought in their two TOP people, Stephen Barrett and Wallace Sampson, to testify, hoping, I suppose, to set the stage for the other defendants to cave in, get out their checkbooks, and write big-denomination numbers to get the quackbusters off their backs.

Yep, the quackbusters, I believe, saw that lawsuit series as the way to refill their dwindling coffers, get themselves some real money in "expert witness" fees, and hammer AltMed in a big way....

Well, as you may remember, it didn't work out quite like they hoped. Barrett, Sampson and the NCAHF limped out of the courtroom, having suffered everything a Judge can give, short of a fist-in-the-mouth. The quackbusters were humiliated that day, big time, and I was right there to write about it.

Of course, the NCAHF filed an appeal. Humiliation doesn't sit well with them, I think (insert laughter here).. 

Even better, was the wording in the three Judge Appeals Court decision which said that, among a laundry list of criticisms, Barrett and Sampson were "biased, and unworthy of credibility..." The Appeals court decision was so anti-quackbuster in its viewpoint it looked like I, Tim Bolen, wrote it for them...

Not learning their lesson, the NCAHF sued a second group of Homeopathic manufacturers - and this case not only caused more humiliation for the quackpots, but he Court did one additional thing ... The Courts awarded attorney fees to the Defendant homeopathic companies so brutally, and unjustly attacked by the NCAHF. 

This is where the story gets REALLY interesting, for the NCAHF is so poor its Corporate Office is in a cardboard box in the back room of its current president (Bobbie Baratz)'s hair removal and ear piercing salon in Braintree, Massachusetts.

There were two interesting points, and legal arguments, about the attorney fee situation. The courts had to decide, basically, how much the NCAHF owed the Homeopaths. The quackbusters, in a shrieking panic, appealed the Court's attorney fee award. The quackbuster's usual lack of doing competent research into something had, this time, caught up with them. They now owe the Homeopaths a BIG chunk of money.

The Court awarded attorney fees in the amount of $100,000.00...

Well, Now...

How, exactly do you think the NCAHF cardboard box operation is going to come up with a hundred grand, considering their fund-raising efforts are so pathetic they offered an out-of-focus picture of me, Tim Bolen, as an inducement to contribution, not so long ago.

Go ahead and belly-laugh, right here, at their expense. They deserve it.

What, considering the NCAHF's lack of financial solidity, can the Homeopaths do to recover their legal expenses awarded them by the Courts? A lot...

My recommendation is that they do three things (1) pursue the individual NCAHF Board members for the money, (2) pursue the attorney the NCAHF used for the money, and (3) TAKE the NCAHF away from the quackbusters, and put it on the auction block. (4) A combination of the first three.

Right this minute, I'll bid $500, cold cash, for the rights to the NCAHF. Can you imagine what fun I'd have with their corporate papers, their membership lists, and their financial contribution records?

There is Justice in the world...

Tim Bolen

See also:

Will the "Quackbusters" Survive 2005?...


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Monday May 17 2004
updated on Tuesday December 7 2010

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I'm connected with Lloyd Wright as I buy his products and have had much success with them. I check the message board every night for interesting topics and see your articles all the time. Very well done on taking the time to help out your fellow man! I'm affliated with a certain group based in Los Angeles called the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. They more or less fight similar battles along the same lines as yourself. They're against Psychiatric drugging, especially kids and work toward reform in this area. They're always looking for support and advice from people such as yourself. check them out on the WEB and let me know if you're interested. As for myself, I'm also a NYC Fire fighter soon to retire (3 weeks) and I'm looking forward to helping out this group as much as I can when I'm retired.

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