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Sue Scheff and PURE Win Empty Victory over New Orleans Mom
International Survivors Action Committee (ISAC)

10/9/2006 9:21:45 PM

BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (October 10, 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 from New Orleans by 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.

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 reminiscent of one filed against Scheff in 2001.

The mom lacked the financial resources to defend herself or to attend her own trial in Florida. 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. 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.

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-known 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 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. . . .?

A separate lawsuit had been filed in Utah against Scheff and PURE by the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (WWASP), containing similar allegations as those raised by Scheff against the New Orleans mom. Scheff lost all counter-claims against WWASP but was not found liable for claims of damage allegedly caused when Scheff posted Internet statements asserting child abuse by WWASP. Scheff admitted she used false names to do so. While her case pended, Scheff removed representations from her web site which falsely stated Scheff holds a college degree.

The recent 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, was initially charged with multiple counts of child abuse and hazing in connection with four children at the boarding school. The owner recently pled no contest to four counts of hazing, and was ordered to pay fines and complete community service. The prosecuting attorney told the Deseret News, ?I believe it effectively shuts them down in the state of Utah.? According to a September 2006 news article by the Deseret News, ?The former operator of a therapeutic school [Whitmore Academy] for troubled youths, who has been kicked out of Mexico and accused of starving horses in Canada, has agreed not to run another rehabilitation school in Juab County.?

The allegations of child abuse did not deter Scheff from enrolling children for a profitable sum of money. In a separate case, the United States Court of Appeals found that defendants PURE and Sue Scheff, "[C]ompete with the schools associated with World Wide. PURE schools pay Ms. Scheff a substantial sum whenever a child enrolls in its program based on her recommendation."

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

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Victims, Moms, and Advocates Join Forces to Expose
Fraud and Child Abuse in a Booming Billion Dollar Industry

CONTACT: Shelby Earnshaw


After operating separately for years, a group of survivors, moms, authors, and advocates have joined forces against child abuse in privately operated children?s programs. The group emphasizes that parents looking for family help, especially over the Internet, have no idea that agents and programs are operating without federal oversight.

The ?wolves in sheep?s clothing? begin with the self-described parent ?resource experts? and referral agents. ?No one is federally regulating or reigning in these businesses,? claims Shelby Earnshaw, who operates International Survivor?s Action Committee (ISAC). According to the coalition, the self-described "parent resource expert" or agent may frighten a parent looking for help for his or her child with descriptions of one bad residential program, only to lure the parent into another, from which the so-called "expert" is making big money.

ISAC is a watchdog organization that warns parents, collects evidence, and reports child abuse to authorities about privately operated children?s programs and those who refer to such programs. Ms. Earnshaw should know?she was a victim herself. Now an adult, with a family of her own, Ms. Earnshaw has dedicated her life to exposing the proliferation of fraudulent residential children?s programs. ?Many times the best help for the money is near home. We are here to at least warn parents about the unethical practices of self-described resource experts and referral agents.?

Some referral organizations tout their membership with the Better Business Bureau, claiming they are ?parents helping parents,? while, in fact, they are uneducated in relevant fields of child development or disorders from which children may be suffering. In reality, these Internet savvy companies are marketing experts--making their businesses traps for honest, but unwitting parents.

Thusfar, such businesses are operating with impunity because there are no federal standards by which to regulate and punish them when they go too far. Ms. Earnshaw states, ?It is not uncommon for skilled agents to talk parents into moving their children across state lines and even out of the country. The parents needing help may be under severe pressure and these companies take advantage of the parents? vulnerable state of mind.?

The Referral Free Zone is designed to provide information from researchers, authors, advocates, and parents who have no financial interest whatsoever in referring to children?s programs. ?It?s not uncommon for the operators of these programs to lie about the fact they are receiving fees. There are also no federal laws requiring ?parent resource experts? or agents to reveal child abuse or neglect that has occurred at the programs they have just referred someone to?it?s buyer beware, at its height."

One program may refer to another, with the parent not understanding the connection between the two companies. The sites all look very different from one another, giving the appearance they are independent of one another. ?This is an obvious conflict of interest,? says Ms. Earnshaw. ?We know of cases where owners are up on criminal charges or in the middle of criminal investigations for child abuse, but the ?expert or agent? turns a blind eye because they may be friends with the owners and they have been paid. It?s very dangerous for children.?

According to the Referral-Free Zone, the latest trend is to ?appear? to advocate, while referring to another company that earns money. Ms. Earnshaw explains, ?Since people have gotten wind of the for-profit referral business, referrers are now teaming up with ?child advocates.? These ?advocates? will gladly tell you how awful a particular facility is, and direct you to someone who will help you find an alternative, which happens to be a business in which they have an interest in one way or another.?

The Referral-Free Zone only allows dedicated members who do not refer to children?s programs. The coalition is committed to advocating and creating true public awareness about the increasing popularity of using our children as business commodities.

ISAC said the strength of the Referral-Free Zone?s will be through the Internet, books, and films, as well as political and media campaigns. ?Our power is growing and we will not stop until meaningful action is taken to regulate this dangerous private industry. The Referral-Free Zone will unify our efforts to educate and advocate.?

The Referral-Free Zone is found at ####
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Contact Information
Shelby Earnshaw
International Survivors Action Committee
(540) 522-6231
[email protected]

Sue Scheff you like to see your name in the press and in the lights.  Have at it!

if you stare at that block of letters and let your eyes go out of focus you can see sou chefs face... trippy.

Dang, her nose is out of focus....goes every which way!!!!


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