Washington Safe Water Reaches out to Fluoride Free Ottawa
James Robert Deal Attorney
Vice-President of www.WashingtonSafeWater.com
Fluoride Free Ottawa
We out here in Washington are following your efforts in Ottawa. I suggest our groups share ideas about how to achieve success.
I believe we are on our way to success here, working on two fronts. I think I can help you do the same thing there.
Washington Action for Safe Water www.WashingtonSafeWater.com works with the Department of Health, supplying them relentlessly them with science articles, appealing to the governor, just putting them in a corner and demonstrating that their superstitions about fluoridation are myths, and harmful ones too. This is Dr. Bill Osmunson’s front. He is up to his 14th proposal for safe water regulation making in Washington and Oregon. His latest one has to do with the link between fluoridation and kidney disease and the duty of the state to issue notice to those with kidney disease. Certain members of the Board of Health agree with Dr. Osmunson’s position.
The other front is to warn and threaten that litigation is coming, to recruit and inform attorneys, show them that they can make a bundle on fluoridation personal injury cases, holding continuing legal education seminars for attorneys. This is the work of Fluoride Class Action, www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com, and this is my front.
Members of both groups are visiting as many city council and county council meetings as possible. Typically three minutes is allowed during the public comment portion of the meeting. I have prepared sample speeches so that people can participate. I encourage people to use the sample speeches as starting points and to add their own ideas. Having sample speeches enables the leaders not to have to attend each city council meeting and is a way to delegate the effort and build the new leaders we need on every level.
The www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com method is not to file suit — not yet. Suit should be filed only after several months of preparation, identifying plaintiffs, and building up a big bankroll to fight the chemical industry.
Instead the method is to politicize the issue. The method is to “call them out”, to accuse them of negligent failure to warn and negligent failure to heed notices given, and negligent failure to study the science.
The method is to send Notices of Liability to city councils, mayors, county councils, and governors. Then send Requests for Production of Documents. When they respond, reply with an evaluation of their incomplete response. Challenge them to check with their insurance company to determine if they are covered and what the policy limits are and whether defense expense is covered. Challenge them not to accept donations from pro-fluoridation dentists or pro-fluoridation chemical companies, for to do so could open an elected person to personal liability based on corruption of the process.
Make a special effort to recruit an attorney. Go visit personal injury attorneys. Print out the stuff on my web site. Work with them to help them to understand the science, to understand the legal issues, to identify fluoride damaged potential clients. Initially, the attorneys may be able to work pro bono. The attorneys will take my sample documents and put them on their letterhead. They can modify them as they please. It makes their job a lot easier. Having an attorney will give your group more oomph. It gives anybody hot flashes to get a letter from a law office. It even gives me hot flashes. In the long run, this could be a really profitable field of practice for an attorney.
Make a special effort to recruit medical doctors and dentists and people with PhDs in chemistry and biology. They have credibility.
It is important also to prepare petitions and hand them out on the courthouse steps. The best time to do it is during lunch hour or at quitting time when a lot of politically connected people are coming and going. I will be putting sample petition fliers on my web site. To make this work, add lots of signature lines at the bottom, so people can sign up. This is not intended to be a legal petition designed to get on the ballot. This is a first step in petitioning government.
Send questionnaires to all candidates. Guarantee them your help if they come out for de-fluoridation.
This issue must be politicized. We here are going to have elections in November and primaries before that. If we all put our shoulders into this and do a big heave ho together between now and the end of the election season, maybe we can achieve a breakthrough somewhere.
We believe it is possible to get Everett and Seattle to de-fluoridate – without having to sue them. Everett council members are reading our materials and listening.
I have done several drafts of the Complaint that could be filed. I will be sharing it as soon as it is ready. Once the Complaint is ready I will deliver it to Everett and Seattle. But I will not actually serve them nor will I file the case. Not yet.
Don’t file until you are totally primed and ready. Be prepared for a big-money counter-attack, a flood of depositions and interrogatories, transportation costs and fees to expert witnesses. Be ready to work full time on the case. You have to have a big war chest if you are going to file the case and you need to be part of an experienced litigation team. So don’t file the case yet. Just come right up to the edge of filing it and use that a warning and a threat, as a way of getting the politicians’ attention. They understand balancing a budget and getting voted out of office. Fluoridation wastes a lot of money and rots the water equipment. And it is getting more and more unpopular.
Get churches or other groups to lend their basement for meetings and invite their members and contacts. Prepare fliers and hand them out on at city hall during the lunch hour. Or use a library. Hold The Great Fluoride Debate. Dare opponents to show up. Proceed even if they fail to show.
My role at this time is to warn and threaten of impending lawsuits. Later, when the big lawsuits are under way, I will be available to serve as coordinating or consulting partner in the prosecution of the case. It takes large resources to take on one of these cases and do justice to them, so the big firms need to be brought in. When it comes to litigation I am only an assistant, although a helpful one. My place is explaining the science to the lawyers and helping the lawyers to be able to explain the science to the judge and jury.
The San Diego group has filed suit. They are doing it in federal court, which I believe is an excellent idea. The judges are better, and they have life tenure. They cannot be bribed or threatened as easily.
If this is helpful, I will write more later. I reserve the right to revise this later, when I have more time to review it.
James Robert Deal 8-13-11