Special Page for Invention Submission Corporation (ISC)
Case Was Filed Against
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On September 23, 1999 the National Inventor Fraud Center filed a complaint against:
They were collectively sued under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
The court declined to dismiss these claims in a ruling on Feb 17, 2000.
Copies of all the court documents, including the RICO complaints are available online for a nominal charge by going to www.sdd.uscourts.gov. Civil case: CIV 99-4087. In addition, I believe that NIFC's RICO charges were reported in "RICO Law Reporter" http://www.lawreporters.com/rlr.htm.
For the benefit of readers I have posted the docket here.
In Plaintiffs' Brief In Resistance To Motion Of Defendants Friedman And Friedman And Edward B. Friedman To Dismiss Amended Complaint Pursuant To Federal Rule Of Civil Procedure 12(b) the National Invention Fraud Center said in their conclusion that "In the Amended Complaint and the Affidavit accompanying this Brief, the Plaintiffs have, in accordance with the cited applicable standard, made out a prima facie showing that Defendants Friedman have exceeded the bounds of an attorney-client relationship and have become active participants in the enterprise that is the subject matter of this litigation."
Mr. Neustel had told me that he was near broke. Several months later Mr. Neustel settled the case and the civil RICO action was dismissed. As part of that settlement Mr. Neustel signed the statement linked here. In addition ISC counsel, Mr. Friedman has requested that I make his statement about the issues available. It is linked here.
I only found out about the settlement when during a follow-up call he indicated that he could not discuss the case or ISC. The fact that the RICO case never had it's day in court is troubling.
The enterprise being discussed is the invention promotion business, specifically the business which was scrutinized by the FTC is addressed in the following documents:
1: Invention Submission
Corporation (2/94), invention-2.htm,
Why did I create this page? Well I really hate abuse of the process of law which results in short circuiting the First Amendment, free speech. And in my opinion, this is exactly what happened with the meritless lawsuit which the Martin Berger team brought to silence the National Invention Fraud Center about his company's (ISC and affiliated organizations as named in the complaint) activities.
ISC and their associates have a long history of using courts to silence people who criticize their activities. They first did this in the UK, where free speech protections are much weaker than the US. Their successes in the UK led to attempts to do the same in America. Since the First Amendment makes such attacks more difficult the ISC team has adopted SLAPP suits as their primary weapon against Truth & Justice. See SLAPP for more information about SLAPP suits.
This web site has reverse domain tracking, which means that I can monitor who visits these web pages. ISC's attorneys have over 2500 hits on this site and other sites which I host (ten sites and counting) over the last few months. Are they looking for a way to CENSOR this web site?
Edward B. Friedman objects to publication of the facts in this case. Read his demand that I suppress this news.
In the interests of balanced coverage of these issues I have made an offer to publish Mr. Friedman's statement on behalf of himself and his client.