Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals – Fire Your Public Relations Agent

May 16, 2015

From this press release.

Hi-Tech Pharmaceutical Sues Self Professed Weight Loss Expert – Harvard Professor Pieter A. Cohen for $50 Million in Compensatory Damages and $150 Million in Punitive Damages for Libel and Slander

NORCROSS, Ga., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc, ( “Hi-Tech”) filed a suit against four researchers who published a defamatory article in a journal known as “Drug Testing and Analysis” an article entitled, “An amphetamine isomer whose efficacy and safety in humans has never been studied, B-methylphenylethylamine (BMPEA), is found in multiple dietary supplements.” Jared Wheat, President of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, stated, “Defendants Cohen, Bloszies, Yee, and Gerona have published and/or uttered multiple false and malicious statements about the safety of dietary supplements containing Acacia rigidula manufactured by Hi-Tech and others, with the intent to incite enforcement action against Hi-Tech from the FDA and to defame and disparage Hi-Tech’s products and commercial reputation.”

“Through several dozen false, misleading and defamatory statements, repeated continuously during a week-long disinformation campaign, Pieter A. Cohen ABC and other individuals knowingly misled consumers into believing that B-methylphenylethylamine LFTB was not a dietary supplement and not safe for public consumption, which is completely false,” said Stacey Alexander, Chief Scientific Officer of Hi-Tech. “Hi-Tech has filed suit because our business has been severely damaged by this conduct. As a result, we will be asking a jury to award Hi-Tech over two hundred million in compensatory and punitive damages.” stated Alexander.

Shit… are you awake? Oh no, the reader is CODING. Reader got BORED TO FUCKING DEATH. CLEAR! CLEAR!

Ok, whew… you back? Thought we lost you for a minute there.

So, if you got anything out of that, I imagine it is that “Hi-Tech” sued a researcher for his statements that their product didn’t work.

It doesn’t say where they sued him. If you dare read the rest of it, here it is.

Oh, and Hi-Tech, the person who damaged your business the most is the person who approved that press release.

And I would be surprised if it doesn’t get worse.

UPDATE: Here is the complaint. I don’t have time to draft a full report on it. But, looking at it suggests to me that it was not the most well thought out plan. This is not going to end the way Hi-Tech hoped.

UPDATE2: Wow… the more I read this thing, the more I question the wisdom of filing it. It certainly isn’t the stupidest defamation suit I’ve ever seen. But, it makes a pretty respectable showing in that competition.

The Legal Status of Filming Porn in Nevada

May 16, 2015

This month’s Nevada Lawyer features an article on the legal status of filming porn in The Silver State. (source) Written by yours truly.

Federal Anti-SLAPP Legislation Proposed!

May 13, 2015

I’m so glad that I can finally talk about this!

There is federal legislation pending that would enact a nationwide Anti-SLAPP law! I had the privilege of having some input into its content.

The final version is pretty damn good. HERE IT IS!

Dust storms in Nevada

May 13, 2015

There is a huge dust storm out here right now. It blew sand right in my eye.

In unrelated news, this guy’s dad died when he was 16. He just got a birthday card from his dad for his 30th birthday. (source)

Fucking dust storms.

(Position Filled) Seeking an Associate

May 12, 2015

As of May 22, 2015, this position has been filled. BUT, we are always willing to hear from new talent. If you think you can cut it, send us a resume.

Randazza Legal Group is looking for an associate attorney with 1-5 years of experience, but others will be considered.

We are growing, again.

The successful candidate must be enthusiastic about practicing in the areas of First Amendment Law and international intellectual property law (but we do some other stuff too). I greatly prefer that the candidate be admitted to the bar, somewhere already, but the successful applicant must be ready, willing, and able to take the Nevada bar. Candidates must be in Las Vegas or willing to relocate to Vegas. If you’re already licensed in Florida, that might be good too – but not necessary.

You must be organized. In fact, really organized, because the boss lacks that quality. You must have a healthy relationship with porn. That means you must not be bothered by it, but if you’re all “oh, goody, porn!” then you’re an idiot who will be disbarred with a coke problem before you become profitable. If you have not yet seen The People vs. Larry Flynt, then don’t apply until you see it. If you don’t already know New York Times v. Sullivan before the interview, you’re not going to get the job. I can teach you the rest.

Did you go to a third, or even fourth tier law school? That’s ok. You’ve got the same shot as some asshole who went to Georgetown. (Assholes from Georgetown are welcome, but will get no preference) The only time your alma mater will matter is if you went to Cooley, Touro, University of St. Thomas (MN), Liberty, Regent, or Ave Maria. Graduates of those places need not apply – not even to be the janitor. If you do not know why, then you’re not the right candidate.

What’s it pay? Not less than you’ll make everywhere else, but you’re not going new car shopping with your signing bonus. (Because there isn’t one). I can assure you that if you are selected, you could have made more money elsewhere. We do a lot of pro bono work, and it costs us. That said, if you make me money, then you’ll get more than a “thank you” and a pat on the head. The bennies aren’t too bad. You’ll get to work on cool stuff. We actually make a living doing First Amendment law and international intellectual property work. The firm does a six week retreat in Hawaii every year, all expenses paid. (That is a bald-faced lie. We do no such thing.)

Don’t like swear words? Good. I’m trying to work on that. Maybe you will be a positive influence on me. Speaking of which, everyone else at the place is a positive influence on me, so you’ll probably like them a lot — unless your attention to detail sucks. If that’s the case, then they will eat you alive before I get a chance to fire you.

Let me give you some idea what will make you a flop here — if you think that calling someone and leaving a message discharges your duty, that won’t work. If you don’t take ownership of your tasks and your mistakes, you’re screwed. If you fuck up, and you say “mistakes were made” instead of “I made mistakes” you’ll get fired. I don’t have time for millennial entitlement syndrome or first year lawyers who think I should hire them because they think they have rainmaking ability (you fucking don’t, unless your dad is the CEO of a potential client). You’re coming here to work — not all that much. I want 1600 billable hours a year, which really ain’t shit. Too much for you? Awww, poor little snowflake.

Send your resume to me with a short cover email. (Subject line RLGASSOC) If you are wondering if it is too long, then it is. One page resume only. I don’t have time for some entry-level attorney who thinks that his/her life is interesting enough that they can’t tell me all of the relevant facts on a single page. If it is two pages, the second page better tell me that you wrote The Big Lebowski or you won a Nobel Prize. (And if that’s the case, it belongs on the first page).

If you have any questions that I haven’t answered already, then you’re not the right candidate. Don’t know where to send a resume? Figuring shit like that out is going to be part of your job. Figure it out.

CNN: Ananta Bijoy Das, Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered – We Are Das

May 12, 2015

Bangladeshi blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered today. Do not let him die in vain.

My CNN Column explains.

Faith Healer responds to critic with — a lawsuit.

May 11, 2015

The complaint is here (source)

Since I am counsel for the defendant on this case, for now, I will limit my comments and just point you toward other journalism on the case:

TechDirt: Faith Healer Adam Miller Sues Over Critical YouTube Video, Guaranteeing It Tons Of Attention (source)

Wonkette: Atheist Lady Sued For Calling Fraud Faith Healer A Fraud
Read more at http://wonkette.com/585027/atheist-lady-sued-for-calling-fraud-faith-healer-a-fraud#eWsJ00tsRFoQChbS.99 (source)

Daily Dot: Faith healer suing atheist vlogger after being called a ‘swindler’ (source)

Salon: Atheist trans blogger exposes “snake-oil salesman” faith healer and gets slammed with lawsuit (source)

RawStory: Faith healer sues atheist video blogger for using science to expose him on YouTube as a ‘swindler’ (source)

Overlawyered: Faith healer sues over critical YouTube video (source)


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