Tim Farley posts on two critical bloggers that are facing legal threats instead of fair debate.
Seems to be one of those days for news of legal action affecting skeptic bloggers. First, a South African company named Solal is suing blogger Kevin Charleston for R350,000 ($40,000 US) over an article in which he reveals that “Health Intelligence Magazine” is a thinly disguised piece of marketing material for the company. And that’s not the only lawsuit today, read on…
In another legal action breaking today Zenyth Pharmaceuticals, makers of a quack colon cleansing product called ColonHelp, have threatened a Romanian blogger who criticized it.
Coincidentally this is happening at the same time that UK skeptic bloggers are in a public battle with the publisher of a magazine called “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” and the new libel reform bill just got a reading in Parliament.
Josephine Jones blog has a rundown of the all the sites posting on Solal – a company that has made misleading claims that their products help treat AIDS, cancer, heart disease and depression.
Yet another quack company litigates against its critics
Solal has advertised on the front page of at least one major daily newspaper that “vitamin D is as effective as a vaccine”.
Solal’s website states that their product, I3Complex contains:
herbal and vegetable extracts, scientifically proven to provide protection from the risks that promote cancer-cell formation and growth. All people with a family history of breast cancer, high risk individuals and women on hormone replacement therapy should also be taking I3Complex as a cancer-preventative measure.
And here is the site of the anonymous author who is taking a stand agains ColonHelp:
Colon cleaning company sues WordPress to try and deny reality
The producers of the colon cleansing product mentioned in the posts contacted me a while ago (in the comments) claiming that I have damaged their reputation and should pay 100.000 euro for that damage. This was followed by me writing another post in which I explained why it’s generally a bad idea to sue people criticizing your company as it can only bring negative visibility.
Some friends were supportive and posted articles further detailing how the product is deceitful woo. They were also attacked with lawyer tactics and changed their original posts to exclude the brand name.
WordPress notified me that the company has taken legal action against them (Automatic Inc) and provided the documents that were submitted to the courts.
He/she has agreed to discuss the issue for agreement to drop the lawsuit. But no response.
Regardless of the details of the case, there have been many situations where heavy-handed action has taken the place of discussion. This is counterproductive and WRONG, no matter WHO is doing it. It’s the cowards way out. If you make a claim, put up the evidence for it.
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