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Old 04-23-2007, 10:08 AM
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Courts Seize "Quackbuster" Bank Accounts, Property...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

A few days ago, Christopher Grell, one of the Plaintiffs, and the attorney for the Plaintiffs Stephen Barrett and Terry Polevoy , filed an emergency Ex Parte Motion with the Alameda, California Trial Court in the Barrett v. Clark (Rosenthal) case asking for a Temporary Restraining Order preventing Defendant Rosenthal from collecting attorney fees awarded to Rosenthal by the Courts. The Court denied the Motion, and "collection" has begun in earnest.

Rosenthal, you will remember, in a six year legal battle, soundly thrashed the trio all the way to the California Supreme Court. Rosenthal, the head of the Humantics Foundation, a group pointing out the dangers of silicone breast implants, had been sued by the trio in 2000 where they claimed she was some sort of conspirator supposedly defaming them on the internet. Rosenthal, in her answer to the suit, filed a Motion to Dismiss the suit against her claiming that the trio's action constituted a violation of California's anti-SLAPP law. The Court agreed, dismissing the case against Rosenthal, and awarded her attorney fees.

The Barrett v. Clark (Rosenthal) case garnered international notice when virtually ALL of the big names on the internet jumped in on Rosenthal's side, filing "Friend of the Court" Briefs on Rosenthal's behalf. You can read all about that by clicking on "Quackbusters CRUSHED by California Supreme Court..."

But the really good part of all this, the one that makes me smile broadly, is that California's anti-SLAPP law, designed for just this sort of situation, worked just like it was designed. The anti-SLAPP legislation, whose full title is "anti Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation," was designed to stop Plaintiffs from filing scurrilous lawsuits against Defendants just to shut them up on a public issue, by overpowering them with litigation they cannot afford. The law provides for the Defendants, by allowing them to collect their attorney fees from the Plaintiff almost immediately upon winning a Motion to Dismiss. The trio were able to forestall that original payment only because they appealed the original Judge's decision to the California Appeals Court, then to the California Supreme Court - where they were soundly, and publicly, horse-whipped.

The trio, apparently, aren't willing to acknowledge their debt, nor their loss. Now, the "collection" process has begun, and the Courts are allowing a ruthless approach to that collection, "as follows: Levy on any & all bank deposit accounts held in name or interest of judgment debtor as well as accounts receivable, lines of credit, general intangibles, and/or proceeds thereof in which he has an interest individually or jointly, include contents of any safety deposit to which he has access; SSN:113-44-9446"

It gets even better - Court documents say:

INFORMATION FOR JUDGMENT DEBTOR

1. The levying officer is required to take custody of the property described in item 1 in your possession or under your control.

2. You may claim any available exemption for your property. A list of exemptions is attached. If you wish to claim an exemption for personal property, you must do so within 10 days after this notice was delivered to you or 15 days after this notice was mailed to you by filing a claim of exemption and one copy to levying officer as provided in section 703.520 of the Code of Civil Procedure. If you do not claim an exemption, you may lose it and the property is subject to enforcement of a money judgment. If you wish to seek the advice of an attorney, you should do so immediately so that a claim of exemption can be filed on time.

3. You are not entitled to claim an exemption for property that is levied upon under a judgment for sale of property. This property is described in the writ of sale. You may, however, claim available exemptions for property levied upon to satisfy damages or costs remaining unpaid.

4. You may obtain the release of your property by paying the amount of a money judgment with interests and costs remaining unpaid.

5. If your property is levied upon under a writ of execution or to satisfy damages and costs under a writ of possession or sale, the property may be sold at an execution sale, perhaps at a price substantially below its a value. Notice of sale will be given to you. Notice of sale of real property (other than a leasehold estate with an unexpired term of less than two years) may not be given until at least 120 days after this notice is served on you. This grace period is intended to give you an opportunity to settle with the judgment creditor, to obtain a satisfactory buyer for the property, or to encourage other potential buyers to attend the execution sale.

6. All sales at an execution sale are final; there is no right of redemption.



So, what does this all mean?

Does this mean that Ilena Rosenthal will, fairly soon, have "quackbuster" Barrett and Polevoy "souvenirs" to sell on the internet? Will Terry Polevoy, Canada's well known "pimple doctor" soon be relieved of his "pimple cream sample kit" or his box of disguises he wears when he attends health conventions?

Will Stephen Barrett's basement full of "files" suddenly be on the market?

Maybe.

Stay tuned...

Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate


Copyright 2007 by Bolen Report

http://www.bolenreport.net/feature_a...article050.htm
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:26 AM
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Thanks for the info.

The first time I heard of quackwatch several years ago, I mistakenly took it to be on the side of real medicine. But the more I read up on things written there, the more they seemed to be the mouthpiece of mainstream medicine.

Now, from the news you provided, I find that there's a thorough bashing of quackwatch (origins, actions, people) from Tim Bolen, too:

http://www.quackpotwatch.org/Wiscons...e_these_so.htm

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Files and computers. I hope she takes all.

Unfortunately, I doubt this will slow Barrett down for long as I suspect he is funded by pharma insterests.
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But it will sure encourage others to stand up to this blustering bully - then maybe Big Pharma will have to hire another thug.
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http://www.canlyme.com/quackwatch.html

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I was searching around one day and found a bunch of court documents linked to Barrett. It had mention of HealthSalon in them. Creeeeepy!

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Old 11-14-2007, 09:00 PM
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Looks like the Quackbusters turned out to be the Quacks.

As far as Barrett goes, I know Gary Null took a couple rounds out of him in court.
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Stephen Barrett (Quackwatch) busted yet again. How many more lives does this cat have?

I'm not going to paste the whole story. Too long.

http://gaia-health.com/articles251/0...e-busted.shtml

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On 25 June, the tables were turned on Stephen Barrett. The Doctor's Data Laboratory, which does laboratory testing on issues of heavy metal, nutritional deficiencies, liver toxification, metabolic abnormalities, and environmentally-caused diseases sued Barrett for what, after getting through the legaleze, amounts to defamation of character, libel, conspiracy, and intentionally attempting to destroy their business.
The suit asks for $5 million in damages and another $15 million in punitive damages, plus injunctions to prevent Barrett from ever attempting to destroy their business in the future. Barrett has initiated many frivolous lawsuits against alternative practitioners, causing enormous trauma and expense to his victims, is currently out of cash. The last time Barrett was sued for libel, he relied on his homeowners insurance to defend him. That source of legal defense money appears not to be available to him now.


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The corporation Barrett presided over, Quackwatch, which seems to have been the recipient of mysterious funding through most of its history, is now unable provide a defense. Aside from its websites, Quackwatch now appears to be defunct.

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Barrett has launched at least 14 expensive legal actions at a single time, cases that can be assumed to cost at least $100,000 each to pursue. In the Federal Court in Oregon, he was forced to respond to questions about his income.
In two years' time, Barrett had made a total of $54,000.
Where did Barrett get the money to pursue so many cases? Thus far, no one seems to have found the hard proof, but it's obvious that the backing for his nefarious machinations has been Big Pharma and Big Medicine, which seek to drive any and all competition out of business and make them illegal.


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Quackbusters quickly set up a series of interlinked websites and mastered the art of getting first-page listings on Google. These sites include NCAHF, Quackwatch, Acupuncturewatch, Allergywatch, Autismwatch, Bioethicswatch, Cancer Treatment Watch, Casewatch, Chelationwatch, Chirobase, Credentialwatch, Dentalwatch, Device Watch, Diet Scam Watch, Homeowatch, Infomercialwatch, Internet Health Pilot, Mental Health Watch, MLMwatch, Naturowatch, NCCAMwatch, Nutriwatch, Pharmwatch, and Quackwatch.
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I am hoping that one day he can add prisonwatch to his list.... perhaps bankruptcywatch is on its way.
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Good! Couldn't happen to a more deserving fella/Quack!
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Barrett has launched at least 14 expensive legal actions at a single time, cases that can be assumed to cost at least $100,000 each to pursue. In the Federal Court in Oregon, he was forced to respond to questions about his income.
In two years' time, Barrett had made a total of $54,000.
I'm curious to what his answer was, I think that would be interesting.
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Is Barrett losing? Seems like it this time.

Yet another court case.

http://www.bolenreport.com/feature_a...20response.htm
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I never heard of Quackwatch until a couple yrs ago when I joined a health group that has turned out to be HUGE in pharma med and philosophy. They have an Alt Med section which I would post in most of the time but one pharma member would forever hit my posts with zingers on Quackwatch. I had my suspicions.

http://encognitive.com/node/1213

Pharma can be so EVIL and this Quack group is a big one.
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I never heard of Quackwatch until a couple yrs ago when I joined a health group that has turned out to be HUGE in pharma med and philosophy. They have an Alt Med section which I would post in most of the time but one pharma member would forever hit my posts with zingers on Quackwatch. I had my suspicions.

Pharma can be so EVIL and this Quack group is a big one.
I don't know what people get out of it. Quackwatch has been around a long, long time. I've fallen for some of its conspiracy theories. That's when I learned about pseudoscience. I knew I always had to take time to research in my own manner. The internet was just getting started, so that made it difficult. Fortunately, my career was in the computer industry, so I had a lot of resources.

Many people fall for these "quack" alt-facts. The recent fad of alkalizing your body, is the worst advice in vogue. One pseudo naturopath misread a valuable cancer report from a Nobel Prize winning researcher, Otto Warburg. Cherry picked info from that report, which is entirely in German, so people could not defeat the incredible information. Then it spread so far that even reputable naturopaths believe it. If only people would realize that the body has over 200 mechanisms to balance the pH. Anything you do can cause health complications which may not show for years. Anyway, I do wish people knew how to research on their own and with open minds. I blame Quackwatch and other such conspiracy agents. They do open profitable markets with the misinformation. $$$$
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