Cyber and Data Security Experts Debate Increased Concerns in Cyberattacks, Data Breaches and Identity Theft

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Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig Collaborates with LMI to Examine Key Policies and Solutions in Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, October 22, 2019 / — Over 55 experts from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Department of Defense (DoD), CYBERCOM, Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and notable cybersecurity groups came together at LMI’s headquarters to discuss increasing concerns in the realm of cyberattacks, data breaches, and identity theft. This collaborative effort between Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig and LMI focused on key policies and solutions to prevent and mitigate crippling damage to individuals, corporations, and government institutions.

The summit was composed of a variety of panels, with topics from an overview of the National Defense Strategy and supply chain risk management policy to cyber operations perspectives from the DoD, IC, and DHS. The keynote speaker for the event was Glenn Gaffney, the Director of in-Q-Tel Labs and former Director for Science and Technology at the CIA, supported by featured speakers Dana White, Former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Col. Gary Corn JAGC, USA Staff Judge Advocate for Commander, CYBERCOM; Karen Britton, Vice President of Digital Services at LMI and former White House CIO; and Daniel Sutherland, Chief Counsel at the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

“We now live in a hyperconnected world where our personal data moves globally and at great speed. Protecting and using that data is a key challenge for all businesses – and the right solution requires a combination of people, skill, and technology,” said David Verhey, Partner, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig.

The Cyber & Data Security Summit left attendees with a number of key takeaways: namely, that data security and privacy require investment but will increase and improve market share and profitability; that small businesses in the United States are some of the main engines of innovation for the national security base; and, most importantly, that spreadsheets and forms are not the answers to today’s requirements for cybersecurity and data privacy. We must push for automated solutions driven by strategic thinking.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig – a law firm with strong focus on national and cybersecurity practice – is excited to have been a part of such thought-provoking discussions among peers. It is their hope that they are able to continue to provide invaluable legal and technical advice to proactively protect our clients from cybersecurity incidents and data breaches and guide them through the complicated process of responding to an incident when it occurs.

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FZA Digital Releases ADAPT, an Effective WCAG Compliance Toolkit for Auto Dealers

As ADA lawsuits become commonplace in the industry, FZA Digital releases a solution for auto dealers to combat this frustrating issue.

We designed ADAPT by analyzing case law and applying legal as well as technical expertise. The four elements of ADAPT are designed to meet or exceed published legal standards for ADA accessibility.”

— Ed Barton, fusionZONE Automotive Chief Executive Officer, and President.

LAKELAND, FLORIDA, USA, October 22, 2019 / — Lakeland, FL, October 22, 2019 – With the recent news that the supreme court is allowing cases to move forward against retailers if their websites are not accessible, FZA Digital, LLC, the digital marketing and technology sister company to fusionZONE Automotive, LLC., today announced the release of ADAPT, a practical Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) toolkit to help protect its auto dealers.

fusionZONE Automotive’s websites comply with WCAG 2.1 standards right out of the box, but there is increasing litigation regarding compliance. FZA Digital has created a multi-level toolkit that gives auto dealer websites a higher level of protection. Automotive websites change rapidly and often (third party content, OEM marketing collateral, images, and more), and are edited by both internal developers and dealership staff. Accessibility functionality can be impacted quickly and remain unnoticed until it’s too late. To solve this frustrating situation, ADAPT was created. Designed for accessibility and minimal legal exposure, ADAPT includes practical hands-on tools and fully automated web accessibility technical tools, ensuring full compliance at any time.

"The recent refusal by the United States Supreme Court to hear the Domino's ADA case means there will be no consistent legal standard to meet ADA requirements. We designed ADAPT by analyzing case law and applying legal as well as technical expertise. The four elements of ADAPT are designed to meet or exceed all published legal standards for ADA accessibility. There is no 'magic bullet' solution to ADA Compliance. Having just one element is not enough," said Ed Barton, fusionZONE Automotive Chief Executive Officer, and President.

FZA Digital designed the ADAPT Toolkit Solution to be deployable on any website and can integrate the tools as long as the vendor agrees to install it.

ADAPT includes four primary elements that work together to provide a strong defense and real capabilities for consumers with disabilities. ADAPT addresses the website itself, displaying legal statements that offer alternative communication methods, and technology that enables efficient, real-time accessibility features. It goes well-beyond the WCAG 2.1 A compliance requirements, ensuring continuous ADA accessibility for consumers and legal protection for FZA Digital clients. FZA Digital’s ADAPT Toolkit Solution includes:

1. A Real-Time Accessibility & Auditing Tool. The fully automated, accessibility technology performs two distinct functions; a) a real-time, on-site rendering tool, and b.) automated AI Analysis. A highly visible Accessibility Icon anchored to every page on the website allows consumers with disabilities to toggle a rendering tool on and off, tailoring the site to their personal needs. The interface acts as an overlay on the dealer’s website, which is specific to the user's session. The user is presented with over 50 features from which to choose. At the time the site is rendered for the user, ADAPT makes any necessary adjustments in real-time. This provides an additional layer of compliance that acts as a safety net for any custom content that was not developed in strict accordance with the guidelines.

The automated AI analysis technology uses both AI and Machine Learning Technology to analyze the website. Once installed, it begins working right away, resolving accessibility compliance gaps in as little as 48 hours. After the initial 48 hours, ADAPT technology re-scans and re-analyzes the website every 24 hours to ensure that any new content, widgets, or pages are also adapted and thereby compliant.

2. A Screen Reader. This element resides on the website and can also be toggled on or off by clicking on the Accessibility Icon. While turned on, individual copy snippets can be read out loud directly from the site without the need for installation of a third-party screen reader. This is both mobile and desktop-friendly, working across all devices.

3. An Accessibility Policy Statement. Adding this customized Accessibility Policy Statement to the website encourages consumers to reach out to the dealership first if they have any issues. It welcomes their feedback and lets them know their accessibility is a top priority, thus avoiding potential legal action.

4. Monthly Audits. FZA Digital staff consistently evaluate the website for compliance, ensuring any new creative, copy, or design change incorporates the principles of accessibility as best as possible.

"While the guidelines offered by the WCAG for ADA compliance are comprehensive, they can also be overwhelming to understand as well as implement, especially for small teams. Utilizing tools that encompass the requirements for compliance and leaning on the knowledge and expertise of a team experienced with the pitfalls of balancing design and technical requirements is important. Full compliance is difficult, if not near impossible, to achieve. But reasonable and timely efforts must be continually made,” stated Alex Papadopulos, fusionZONE Automotive Chief Technology Officer

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SimpleLaw Releases Platform Upgrades Including Automatic Time Tracking, Task Management, and eSignature Capabilities

Increase efficiency running the business side of a law firm and spend more time practicing law

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, October 22, 2019 / — SimpleLaw, a case and practice management software provider that empowers attorneys to spend more time practicing law, adds new features and capabilities to the cloud-based platform to add even more efficiency for users.

Automatic time tracking leverages the power of technology, with custom settings for each attorney-user, and tracks time spent on each individual matter in real-time. The intuitive user-interface prompts the user, based on their personal settings, if there is inactivity. Attorneys have the option to track both billable and non-billable time, helping them to understand where time is being spent.

Billable time that is tracked is automatically included in invoices, along with other recorded billable expenses.

“Attorneys spend the majority of their day, on average, on things other than practicing law,” said Praveen Medikundam, Esq., co-founder of SimpleLaw and an active attorney. “Our focus remains on taking the important work of managing a firm – time tracking, billing, managing payments, and the like – and make it simple. That means the attorney can spend more time practicing law and supporting clients rather than managing the business aspect.”

At the request of users, SimpleLaw has also added Task Management to the platform. Tasks can be assigned to members of the law firm, including the individual creating the tasks, and tracked by stage. This addition is another user-requested feature.

In addition, based on attorney-user requests, SimpleLaw is now integrated with DocuSign. DocuSign pioneered the development of esignature technology, and today DocuSign helps organizations connect and automate how they prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements.

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Formerly Incarcerated Lawyer Runs For Congress. If Elected, Would be the First Formerly Incarcerated Female in Congress

Sarah Gad 2020

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Sarah Gad is a Democratic candidate for US Congress in Illinois' 1st District. Her campaign is focused on criminal justice reform and ending gun violence.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, October 22, 2019 / — Sarah Gad is a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Illinois' 1st Congressional District. She is running against tenured incumbent, Bobby Rush. Mr. Rush, who has been in office for 27 years, is known for missing more votes than any other congressperson in history.

"Complacency in leadership is unacceptable—particularly at a time when we are dealing with such huge challenges, like income inequality, mass incarceration, a deadly public health crisis, the apocalyptic threat of climate change, a holocaust at our southern border, routine mass shootings, religious persecution, pervasive hatred and bigotry, and a president who is destroying our democracy by compounding all of these issues." – Sarah Gad

Sarah was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1987 to first-generation immigrants. After battling an opioid addiction that landed her in jail, Sarah chose to attend law school to pursue criminal justice and drug law reform; she has spent the last several years fighting for justice and equality on behalf of others in her community who have been marginalized or disenfranchised. Sarah is also the founder of two highly successful Chicago-based nonprofits: Jacket Change, which provides winter clothing and coats to the Chicago homeless, and Addiction-2-Action, which expands access to treatment for opioid addiction in correctional facilities and disadvantaged communities. Click here to watch her powerful campaign video.

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$50,000 Settlement Obtained for Woman Spied on in Fitting Room

Tyler D. Bailey, Esq.

Tyler D. Bailey, Esq.

The Bailey Law Firm has secured a $50,000 settlement on behalf of a woman whose privacy was violated when a Peeping Tom photographed her in her dressing room.

Far too often, business owners attempt to evade any responsibility when third parties commit crimes that harm their patrons, despite having knowledge that their patrons are at risk.”

— Tyler J. Bailey, Esq.

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, October 22, 2019 / — The Bailey Law Firm has announced that it has secured a $50,000 settlement on behalf of a woman whose privacy was violated when a Peeping Tom photographed her with a cell phone in her dressing room at a big box retailer. The perpetrator placed his phone beneath the door of the dressing room, took photographs and then fled the scene. He was never identified or caught, but the woman suffered from emotional distress and harm.

Attorney Tyler Bailey, Esq. is the founder of Bailey Law Firm. He said that this case shows how important it is for businesses to ensure the safety of their customers.

“This case is important because far too often business owners attempt to evade any responsibility when third parties commit crimes that harm their patrons despite having knowledge that their patrons are at risk,” he said. “Results like this demonstrate that business and property owners can be held accountable in South Carolina for crimes committed by third parties that harm victims on their property if it can be established that they knew and/or should have known that they created an unreasonable risk of harm the victim suffered.”

About Bailey Law Firm

Bailey Law Firm, L.L.C., is committed to relentlessly advocating for the rights of individuals, families, workers, consumers, victims and institutions when they need it most. Attorney Tyler D. Bailey and his staff at Bailey Law Firm are devoted to pursuing justice and accountability for those who have been injured or harmed due to the misconduct and negligence of others. They also navigate the criminal justice system to obtain the best possible outcomes for their clients who are facing criminal charges. Not only are they committed to zealously advocating for their clients, they are also dedicated to bettering the community. Because of their commitment to the community, they dedicate their time and resources to various non-profits throughout South Carolina.

You can reach attorney Tyler J. Bailey, Esq. by calling (888) 981-0034 or by submitting a contact form at his™ profile.

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Qatar: Toward a Kafala-free Community for Domestic Workers

The IDWF welcomes the dismantling of the core Kafala/sponsorship system announced by Qatar government on Oct 17, 2019.

This groundbreaking move of the government is the first step toward freeing tens of thousands of migrant domestic workers.”

— Myrtle Witbooi, President of the IDWF

QATAR, October 22, 2019 / — The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) welcomes the dismantling of the core Kafala/ sponsorship system announced by Qatar’s Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs on October 17, 2019.

The sponsorship system, translated to Kafala in Arabic, is a system applied to domestic workers and migrant workers in most Arab countries. Kafala/ sponsorship ties the migrant worker’s legal residency to a sponsor (Kafeel in Arabic) during the contract period, effectively prohibiting the worker from exiting the country, transferring or changing employment, resigning from his/her job, and sometimes leaving the country without the permission of the sponsor/ Kafeel and in his/her case, the employer.

On October 17, the Council of Ministers of the state of Qatar announced the endorsement of “new legislation allowing workers to change employers freely”, cancelling the previous requirement of the No-objection Certificate (NOC) that workers needed from their sponsor/Kafeel to allow them to change employers. Moreover, a Ministerial decree was signed on October 16th, 2019 to remove the Exit Permit for all workers, including migrant domestic workers. The cancellation of the NOC and Exit Permit represents concrete steps toward the abolishment of the Kafala/ sponsorship system in Qatar.

“This groundbreaking move of the government is the first step toward freeing tens of thousands of migrant domestic workers, the majority of whom is women, enabling them to change employers and leave the country without requiring employer permission at any time. This will reduce exploitation of migrant domestic workers as they are no longer bound to employers who are abusive or in situations where their personal safety is at risk” said Myrtle Witbooi, President of the IDWF.

A sustainable employer-employee relationship is based on trust, respect and observance of the contractual terms and standards stipulated in laws (e.g. Qatar Law No. 15 of August 22, 2017, relating to domestic workers) and regulations. There are migrant domestic workers who have worked for the same employers for many years – from 4 to over 10 years in Qatar. According to them, it is precisely such qualities that have maintained their relationships with their employers.

Migrant domestic workers in Qatar who are aware of this change explained to the IDWF that they are enthusiastic about this good news which will open opportunities for workers to find better jobs or decent work with better pay and limit the number of abuses migrant domestic workers are usually subjected to.

The reforms and previous laws and regulations must now be effectively and fairly implemented. Much depends on the draft laws that are expected to come into force in 2020. Migrant domestic workers and employers must be fully informed of this change. Clear, simple and accessible complaint mechanisms must be put in place for migrant domestic workers. With the support of its partners locally and globally such as the ITUC, Banyanihan migrant workers community in Qatar and the ILO, the IDWF will stand together with the tens of thousands of migrant domestic workers to ensure that they fully enjoy their rights in a Kafala-free community.

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Rhode Island US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate Now Offers A Free Service Called The 'List' to Assist A Navy Veteran in Rhode Island to Improve Compensation with the Help of Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste

"We are offering to assist a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma anywhere in Rhode Island with a free service we call the list-which documents how, where and when their asbestos exposure occurred.”

— Rhode Island US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate

PROVIDENCE , RHODE ISLAND, USA, October 22, 2019 / — The Rhode Island US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate says, "We are offering to assist a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma anywhere in Rhode Island with a free service we call the list. The 'list' documents how, where, and when a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos. It is this vital information that becomes the basis for mesothelioma compensation, and these facts are incredibly vital as we would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303.

"To assist in this process of 'listing' a Navy Veteran's exposure to asbestos we have endorsed the law firm of Karst von Oiste and their managing partner Erik Karst to oversee the development of the list. Erik should also be able to provide the Navy Veteran with an estimate of the value of the financial compensation claim. Frequently these claims or lawsuits could result in the Navy Veteran receiving over a million dollars-especially if the Navy Veteran was assigned to a navy ship's engine room, a nuclear submarine or was required to stay on their ship/submarine while it was undergoing repairs at a shipyard as we would be happy to discuss at 800-714-0303." https://RhodeIsland.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The Rhode Island US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate is appealing to a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma anywhere in Rhode Island to call them anytime at 800-714-0303 so they can explain that talking directly with attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste will get more questions answered than ordering a 'free' book, kit, or overnight package about mesothelioma. Erik and his colleagues are responsible for over a billion dollars in mesothelioma or asbestos exposure compensation and he will be able to answer most questions a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma will have.

The Rhode Island US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate offers their free services to a US Navy Veterans with mesothelioma in Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket or anywhere in Rhode Island. https://RhodeIsland.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Rhode Island the Rhode Island US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital

* The Massachusetts General Hospital:

* The VA-For a state by state listing of VA Medical Centers nationwide please visit their website:

* About one third of all US citizens diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are Veterans of the US Navy. Before a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma or their family retain the services of a lawyer or law firm, they are urged to call the US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate anytime at 800-714-0303.

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon.

For a listing of various classes of US Navy ships or submarines please visit the US Navy website on this topic:

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Secure Channels’ SCIFCOM Platform Preps Companies for CCPA

Encryption-as-a-Service Portal Provides Solutions in Time for New Regulations

IRVINE, CA, UNITED STATES, October 21, 2019 / — The Jan. 1, 2020, deadline approaches quickly, and many companies remain unprepared to meet key requirements of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Around half of U.S businesses, service providers and third parties have yet to put “reasonable” data security measures in place to satisfy the act’s sometimes-vague regulations. The experts at Secure Channels Inc. shed light on what covered companies can expect after the deadline, and provide solutions that will help protect them from the act’s heavy penalties.

The CCPA, dubbed “America’s GDPR” by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), was modeled after the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR strictly regulates and sets penalties for organizations anywhere in the world handling and failing to protect EU citizens’ data. The CCPA likewise holds accountable companies anywhere handling the personal data of the most populous state’s residents.

“One need only look at the penalties the GDPR has set out so far to see where CCPA is headed,” notes Secure Channels CEO Richard Blech. “This past July they hit two companies with a combined $350 million in proposed fines for data breaches. This happened within a two-day period.”

Blech refers to the penalties the GDPR intends to levy against British Airways (£183 million) and Marriott (£99.2 million) announced July 8 and 9 respectively. Marriott’s violations stemmed from IT failings of a hotel chain they subsequently purchased, inheriting its liability, while a hack against British Airways redirected customer data from the company’s website to an unauthorized party. “In BA’s case, there was no financial loss to any customers exposed by the breach, but the failure to protect the data alone may result in the largest GDPR fine to date — second largest breach fine in history,” Blech points out. “The CCPA is the same kind of beast. Affected consumers will be able to sue companies under the regulations without having to prove financial harm.”

Thus far, the CCPA is ambiguous in what meets its “reasonable security” requirements, making compliance tricky. “The CCPA doesn’t explicitly mandate that covered companies encrypt consumer data, but it does give consumer’s the right to sue when their unencrypted data is compromised due to failures implementing reasonable security measures,” Blech explains. “There’s little hard guidance for what their definition of ‘reasonable’ is, but the California Attorney General’s 2016 Data Breach Report does specifically recommend strong encryption. Bottom line is encrypting consumer data may be the one step that can spare a company from the severe financial fallout that comes with a breach.”

The CCPA states that violations of the act can result in fines between $100 and $750 per consumer per incident, or actual damages if greater. A company that mishandles 50,000 Californians’ unencrypted personal data can net fines between $5 million and $37.5 million from the base fines alone, not counting reimbursement of any financial damages and business lost through operational and/or reputational harm.

The CCPA complements California’s extant data breach notification law that limits breach reportage to consumers to events involving unencrypted data. A properly-deployed encryption system can therefore shield a company from both fines and a damaged reputation. However, even with so much to lose, PwC and others report that approximately half the businesses they surveyed believe they will not have measures in place to achieve compliance by the 2020 deadline. Blech attributes this to the complexity and cost typical to implementing or overhauling a security system.

“Encryption is one of the ways a company can mitigate the damages of a breach, but IT customers are saying the same things today they were saying 20 years ago: it’s too difficult to deploy, it’s expensive, it’s too user-unfriendly, it’s cumbersome, it’s incompatible with their systems. Even the accepted top-shelf encryption, AES-256, is a 20-year-old cipher that will have questionable efficacy against the unpredictable, rapid advancements in quantum computing. They’ve needed a solution that fits their budget, system architecture, operational needs and, most of all, is simple to use.”

Blech is confident Secure Channels’ encryption-as-a-service portal answers these concerns. “We’ve released SCIFCOM with our assembled encryption solutions that make it easy and extremely cost-effective for companies to temper the CCPA’s presumed heavy-handedness.”

Blech elaborates, “What we’ve put together with SCIFCOM are encryption apps and plugins that can provide standalone protection or work within any existing systems companies have in place. It’s strong, user-friendly encryption for any data-protection situation.

“Visitors to the portal can download our free XFA Mail plugin to send and receive encrypted email. It’s weightless and works with most email clients, like Gmail and Outlook, and uses our post-quantum XOTIC cryptosystem to keep communicated data out of the hands of unauthorized parties. Or, they can sign up for a free SCIFCOM account and send encrypted mail and files directly through the portal.”

Blech continues, “We’ve also released ZIPcrypt through SCIFCOM. Anyone who downloads it can encrypt files right on their desktop with XOTIC and AES ciphers. It’s a very simple solution for users who want to archive data or send encrypted files from their computers.

“Our SUBROSA solution phases out old PIN and password technology for a more secure, intuitive picture-based authentication system where users create easy-to-remember passcodes. That’s available to developers as a toolkit and sandbox environment.”
SCIFCOM is also the destination for companies seeking encryption they can integrate into their systems. “XOTIC is the main encryption component of many our SCIFCOM products, and we’ve made it available to companies and tech integrators across all industries as a free trial demo. We want companies to see that XOTIC can be deployed anywhere, easily, and for a mere fraction of the cost they could face if they get breached.”

Blech hopes vulnerable companies protect themselves and, more urgently, their consumers before a breach puts them on the wrong side of privacy regulations. “If we’ve learned anything from GDPR’s handling of breaches, it’s clear that the attitude is there’s no excuse anymore not to have strong data security in place. That may be true, but we also know there have been obstacles for a lot of companies that want to deploy cybersecurity solutions. That’s why SCIFCOM is there. We made it easy. Everyone should have access to no-friction encryption.”
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CCHR Urges Overhaul of the FDA, Charging Approval of Electroshock Device Creates Harm

In December 2018, the FDA reduced the risk classification of the electroshock device so that it could be more broadly marketed and used for the treatment of mental disorders. The decision has prompted CCHR to call upon the GAO to investigate the agency.

In December 2018, the FDA reduced the risk classification of the electroshock device so that it could be more broadly marketed and used for the treatment of mental disorders. The decision has prompted CCHR to call upon the GAO to investigate the agency.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The group charges that the FDA’s duty to protect consumer is compromised by vested interests that insist ECT remains on the market despite dangers to patients.

The FDA’s Final Order on the ECT device in December 2018 put the draconian, brain damaging device into the same risk classification as contact lens, mercury thermometers, condoms and pregnancy tests.”

— Citizens Commission on Human Rights

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 21, 2019 / — Summing up a five-part series of articles exposing the dangers of electroshock treatment (ECT) on its public information blog, TruthAboutECT, mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) calls for an overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CCHR says the FDA’s handling of the ECT device, allowing it to stay on the market without clinical trials proving safety and efficacy, is another example of the agency’s long history of approving and allowing dangerous products. CCHR is urging the U.S. General Accountability Office to investigate the agency’s approval of the ECT device, putting industry interests before patient protection.

A Propublica investigation in 2018 found pharmaceutical companies underwrite three-fourths of the FDA’s budget for scientific reviews. The agency is increasingly fast-tracking expensive drugs with significant side effects and unproven health benefits. [1] Drugs used to treat “mental illness” and those that went through an accelerated approval process have a higher number of adverse events, according to a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study. [2] In November 2018, an Associated Press analysis of FDA data showed that since 2012, tens of thousands of injury and death reports have been filed in connection with devices that were cleared through a streamlined pathway that minimizes clinical trial testing. [3]

There are no clinical trials proving the ECT device safe and effective. Nor does the FDA monitor the use of ECT or have accurate information about electroshock deaths. Texas is the only state mandated to report a death within 14 days of ECT being administered. Between 1993 and 1998 alone there were 30 deaths. Based on an average number of Texas ECT deaths in 2013, 2014 and 2016, nationally about 70 Americans undergoing ECT may die every year.

The Texas suicide rate for patients shortly following ECT was also 13 times greater than the state suicide rate in a year. [4]

Psychiatrists and the FDA downplay deaths, attributing them to other diverse reasons rather than admit to the damage 460 volts of electricity does to the brain and body.

Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International says industry funding may play a strong part in this: “With a heavy reliance upon industry funds, FDA cannot afford to alienate its funding sources.” About 45%, or $2.4 billion of the FDA’s budget, is paid for by industry user fees. [5]

In 2017, Pharma paid 75%—or $905 million—of the agency’s scientific review budgets for branded and generic drugs, compared to 27% in 1993. “The virginity was lost in ’92,” said Dr. Jerry Avorn, a professor at Harvard Medical School. “Once you have that paying relationship, it creates a dynamic that’s not a healthy one.” [6]
Medical devices and Radiological Health regulatory activities, under which the ECT devices fall, accounted for another 10% of FDA’s budget ($570 million); 33% of these activities are paid for by industry user fees ($188.1 million). [7]

As far as protecting the public, the FDA’s history of neglect is well documented and legendary, Eastgate adds.

The FDA has only banned two medical devices since 1976—one that implanted artificial hair into the scalp and powdered surgical gloves. [8]

• The hair implant device was banned in 1983 because it failed to stimulate hair growth, conceal baldness as advertised and caused infections and injury where implanted. [9]
• The powdered gloves could cause severe airway inflammation and hypersensitivity reactions. [10]

Compare these to the serious adverse effects of the ECT that include manic or a worsening of the “psychiatric” symptoms, pain/somatic discomfort (including headache, muscle soreness, and nausea); skin burns; physical trauma (including fractures, contusions, injury from falls, dental and oral injury); prolonged or delayed onset seizures; pulmonary complications; cardiac arrhythmias, heart attack, high or low blood pressure, and stroke; permanent memory loss and death. [11]

From December 1978 through February 1981, FDA received 166 complaints about the hair fibers. [12] It received approximately 100 public comments on powdered gloves. Yet in 2009, the agency received more than 3,000 comments on the electroshock device, of which 79% opposed it—14 times greater than for those in favor of it. Yet the FDA’s Final Order on the ECT device in December 2018 put the draconian, brain damaging device into the same risk classification as contact lens, mercury thermometers, condoms and pregnancy tests, CCHR reports. [13]

The group charges that the FDA’s duty to protect consumers from health hazards is compromised by “who pays” and by vested interests that insist that ECT, described as torture, remains on the market, despite the imminent danger to patients.

It points to Chief Counsel, Brigadier General Telford Taylor in his opening statement to the Nuremberg Nazi Medical Trials following WWII: “To kill, to maim, and to torture is criminal under all modern systems of law….It is far more important [to the unfortunate victims of Nazi atrocities] that these incredible events be established by clear and public proof…and that this court, as the agent of the United States and as the voice of humanity, stamp these acts, and the ideas which engendered them, as barbarous and criminal.” [14] (See previous article on ECT used by the Nazis)

Eastgate says: “The FDA is an agent for the U.S. that needs an overhaul. Electroshock is an atrocity that should not remain on the market.”

Over 95,000 people have signed CCHR’s online petition to ban electroshock. More are encouraged to sign this and to report any incident of ECT damage to CCHR.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit


[1] Caroline Chen, “FDA Repays Industry by Rushing Risky Drugs to Market,” Propublica, 26 June 2018,
[2] Jen Christensen, “Nearly a third of FDA-approved drugs had problems, study finds,” CNN, 9 May 2017,
[3] Matthew Parrone, “At FDA, a new goal, then a push for speedy device reviews,” AP, 27 Nov. 2018,
[4] “Texas Injury Data Brief,” Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS),; “Electroconvulsive Therapy Annual Report 2014,” Department of State Health Services, March 2015,
[6] Op cit., Caroline Chen
[12] Op. cit.,
[14] Evelyne Shuster, "Medical Ethics at Nuremberg: The Nazi Doctors and the Hippocratic Oath," prepared for the Annual Ethics Symposium Fifty Years After the Nuremberg Medical Trail (Are) Forming Institutional Review Boards, Philadelphia Veteran Affairs Medical Center, 24 May 1996

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Electroconvulsive “Therapy” —The Facts about ECT #BanECT

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Is a Vaginal Mesh Erosion a Serious Injury?

Doctors and manufacturers of the transvaginal mesh (TVM) have known the risk of vaginal erosion and wrongly accepted this risk as ‘justifiable.'

We represent newly injured women after the MDL closed its doors to new cases and have cases filed against Johnson & Johnson, Coloplast, Boston Scientific, and AMS across the country.”

— Dr. Greg Vigna

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 21, 2019 / — Doctors and manufacturers of the transvaginal mesh (TVM) devices used for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse have known the risk of vaginal erosion for decades and wrongly accepted this risk as ‘justifiable’ considering the ease of implantation of vaginal mesh devices compared to historically safe, effective and more invasive surgical procedures used for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Unfortunately for a generation of women across the world, the transvaginal mesh manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and American Medical System, have orchestrated a great lie, “that the risk of erosion is ‘justifiable’ given the benefit of the device.”

The FDA on April 16, 2019 finally banned the remaining TVM devices used for POP from the market because the efficacy of the devices was no better than traditional non-mesh repair but these devices exposed women to all the complications of polypropylene mesh. Is this move by the FDA, the next step as they move onto a closer examination of the injuries caused by mid-urethral slings used for (SUI)? Will transobturator slings be next to be banned by the FDA like the Boston Scientific Uphold and Coloplast Restorelle Directfix devices used for pelvic organ prolapse, or will many of these devices be ‘voluntarily’ withdrawn from the market-place like the Johnson & Johnson Prolift and Prosima?

The truth is that an erosion is a serious injury that represents the incompatibility between the pelvic soft tissues and the plastic device laced with bacteria during implantation. The transobturator (TOT) slings and retropubic slings used for SUI have caused many of the same injuries by the same mechanisms as the POP devices. The TVM devices used in the surgical treatment of SUI pass through the vagina during implantation, are laced with the same vaginal bacteria during implantation, are made of the same polypropylene, and the arms are placed blindly increasing the potential for neurological and vascular injury.

Greg Vigna, MD, JD, practicing physician, practicing attorney, and Certified Life Care Planner and his team of national pharmaceutical injury attorneys are investigating injuries caused from TVM devices including fistulas, bowel erosions, vaginal erosion, bladder erosion, urethral erosion, dyspareunia, post-operative complications following removals including hematomas, and pelvic pain.

Dr. Vigna says, “We represent newly injured women after the MDL closed its doors to new cases and have cases filed against Johnson & Johnson, Coloplast, Boston Scientific, and AMS across the country. We represent women within the MDL who are awaiting remand with diagnoses of pudendal neuralgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and obturator neuralgia. We will take all of these women to the finish line.”

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