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Dyslexic Artist Astounds Theoreticians

F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Mon Feb 1 22:34:26 EST 1999

If I understand the following correctly, BIOSOUND is seeking to censor
free expression by threatening to sue anyone who criticizes their
product(s).  I do not think a university can be sued for "being
responsible for training an incompetent and hiring him", cannot imagine
any ethical lawyer purporting to initiate such a suit or any court
entertaining it, but such irresponsible threats tend to have a chilling
effect on public discourse and should be soundly condemned by all
readers of this newsgroup, as well as by the service internet service
providers involved.

Am I right in thinking that people bringing frivolous and patently
unmerited suits can suffer penalties for doing so? including but not
limited to paying all legal costs?

I urge you all to let Mr. Howe know what you think of his actions.

F. LeFever

In <19990201124138.07822.00003181 at ng-fr1.aol.com> jtyburczy at aol.com
(JTyburczy) writes: 
>Earlier this month he blasted BIOSOUND for being "off topic" in a
newsgroup (a
>favorite pastime of the truly powerless, BTW). Then, when it was
pointed out he
>hadn't really understood the material, he proceeded to publicly
disparage their
>products, causing BIOSOUND management to post the following:
>From           Jerry Howe <jhowe2 at bellsouth.net>
>Organization   BIOSOUND Scientific
>Date           Sun, 24 Jan 1999 17:44:27 GMT
>Newsgroups     rec.pets.dogs.behavior
>Message-ID     <36AB5BBA.B14D9F3B at bellsouth.net>
>I am making an exception to the statement I gave you on 12/28, that I
would not
>respond to
>your posts.
>The reason I will not respond to you is because BIOSOUND Scientific is
>legal action
>against you and Texas A&M University for their being responsible for
>an incompetent
>and employing him.
>Jerry Howe,
>Director of Research,
>BIOSOUND Scientific
> Biosound at aol.com

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