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« on: October 08, 2006, 11:25:57 PM »
Sue Scheff And Florida Company Win Empty Victory Over New Orleans Mom
 
International Survivors Action Committee (ISAC)
10/7/2006 1:07:27 AM

BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (October 6, 2006) - On September 19, 2006, Parents Universal Resource Experts, Inc. (PURE) and its founder, Sue Scheff of Weston, Florida won an $11.3 million dollar victory of hollow sorts over a single mom in Texas alleging defamation over the Internet. Although it is doubtful the verdict will be collected, it may serve to chill free speech of those attempting to expose child abuse or untoward business practices and destroy the credit of the mom sued.


The mom, Carey Bock, had publicly criticized the business practices of Scheff and PURE in referring children to allegedly abusive programs. Scheff met the mother?s complaints with a lawsuit.


The mom lacked the financial resources to defend herself or to attend her own trial in Florida. As a result, without the benefit of hearing the mom?s side of the story, a jury had little choice but to award the $11.3 million dollar verdict requested by the lawyer for Scheff and her company.


Before trial, Ms. Bock relocated her small family from the New Orleans area to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This, however, did not stop Scheff and PURE from coming full-steam after the mom for alleged defamation and other claims.


According to the Daily Business Review, Scheff also named Ginger Warbis as co-defendant. Warbis, who runs a web site critical of Scheff, obtained a well-know lawyer who successfully defeated Scheff?s claims of defamation: ?Warbis? lawyer, Philip Elberg, of Medvin & Elberg of Newark, New Jersey, sharply criticized Scheff and other people who refer parents to programs for troubled teens. ?People in this industry have consistently used their money and their access to lawyers to silence critics of the industry and this may be one of those examples,? Elberg said. ?Sue Scheff is simply another person in the industry of people who make money from the plight of frightened parents.??


The Daily Business Review, noting that Scheff and her business won effectively only by default, paraphrased Scheff?s attorney, stating, ?Bock was not present for the jury trial, which was held to determine damages only. . . .?


Ironically, a separate lawsuit had been filed in Utah against Scheff and PURE by the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (WWASP), with similar allegations, resulting in Scheff losing counter-claims. Scheff, however, was not found liable for claims of damage to WWASP that Scheff allegedly caused when Scheff posted Internet statements asserting child abuse by WWASP. Scheff admitted she used false names to do so. Scheff was reportedly told by a Utah federal judge to remove misrepresentations from her web site showing Scheff holds a college degree.


The Florida verdict also ignored abuse allegations at children?s programs to which Scheff refers families because the jury never heard the opposing evidence. The owner of one such program to which Scheff made referrals, Whitmore Academy ,  recently pled guilty to specified charges in a Utah criminal court.


According to the non-profit International Survivors Action Committee (ISAC), Scheff and her company are on the ISCA ?watch list? for questionable practices that may place children at risk for abuse or neglect. ####

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Shelby Earnshaw
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International Survivors Action Committee (ISAC)
(540) 522-6231
isaccorp@yahoo.com
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2006, 11:27:03 PM »
Didn't Sue Scheff criticize the WWASP facility and the people who referred her to WWASP for alledged abuse of her daughter at that WWASP facility?

How come Scheff has the "right" to criticize those who referred HER and no one has the "right" to criticize dear ole Sue Scheff for referrring tjem abusive facilities?

What's fair about that?
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2006, 04:52:48 PM »
Quote from: ""Guest""
Didn't Sue Scheff criticize the WWASP facility and the people who referred her to WWASP for alledged abuse of her daughter at that WWASP facility?

How come Scheff has the "right" to criticize those who referred HER and no one has the "right" to criticize dear ole Sue Scheff for referrring tjem abusive facilities?

What's fair about that?


Shes learned well from her WWASPS mentors and has herself a pet lawyer?

All's fair in love, war, and child abuse, apparently!
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