Anti-GMO groups like USTRK and the Organic Consumers Association have long been getting away with libel, slander and defamation of honest scientists. It’s time to fight back.
I’ve never understood why people like Kevin Folta et al haven’t hit back. I’ve heard all kinds of things like the cost of a lawsuit etc. Nonsense. It doesn’t cost that much to just file a lawsuit.
In the case of USTRK who have been abusing the FOIA laws to suit their political agenda, they should be at the top of the list. They’re based in Oakland, California, Alameda County and here’s how it breaks down:
Filing a complaint for over $25K: $435 and the cost of USRTK to answer: $435. So at least you can hit them for $435 and whatever it costs for their lawyers to do the work.
Now you have to figure how many people have they libeled? Let’s be conservative and say only ten. That’s $4350.00 just in court costs, not including attorneys fees to file the answers. If they file a motion for summary judgment, to try to make it all go away, that’s $500 for each plaintiff. Another $5,000.
Now we go off to Finland, Michigan home to the goofy Organic Consumers Association the anti-GMO/anti-Vax hooligans. The cost to file a civil suit in District Court in Michigan is $150.
There have to be some fair-minded attorneys who would take on these cases pro bono or even a contingency basis if you wanna go after them for millions.
But the point is make them pay, even if it isn’t tons of dough. Tie them up in court with paperwork. Hell, you could probably find some smart law students who would do it for the experience under the mentoring of some savvy attorney.
So, this is what I propose. I would like to hear from all scientists et al, who have been subject to FOIA attacks by USTRK and any other squints who have been targeted by other anti groups. DM me on the Tweeter or email me.
I want those within the sound of this blog to ask around and see if they can find any attorneys who would be willing to take this on.
And I would like to hear from you if you think this is tilting at windmills. I am willing to start a GoFundMe to raise money to pay for the legal costs of this endeavor. I think there are quite a few folks out there who would be willing to pony up a couple of bucks towards a good cause in the name of science.