The US "quackbuster" operation, perhaps one of the slimiest groups on Planet Earth, sank to a new low this last few weeks when they, apparently, abandoned their own attorney, Christopher Grell, leaving him, perhaps, in financial, and professional ruin.
Hundreds of pages of Court documents show the depth of Grell's desperation.
This coming Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, at 2:00PM, a hearing will be held in Oakland Superior Court in California to determine Grell's ability to pay the costs of his, and two "quackbuster" manipulators, * MD Stephen Barrett, and Canadian pimple doctor Terry Polevoy's failed courtroom assault. Court documents indicate that neither Barrett nor Polevoy, outspoken throughout the case, are willing to pay their share of the Court imposed costs. My estimates show that the trio might have to pay out about $200,000 in legal fees to their victim/Defendant Ilena Rosenthal and her legal team.
Leaving Grell stranded?
The lawsuit, known as 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..."
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 lawsuit, worked just like it was supposed to.
I suppose it would be real news if Barrett actually accepted responsibility for the consequences of his actions -- as if that would ever happen. The rest of the article is here.