EDITORIAL AND OPINION
The public-at-large awaits the filing of the Amended Complaint in the federal lawsuit against Jason Goodman of New York City. Goodman operates a conspiracy social brand known as CrowdSource The Truth with the help of the co-founder of another conspiracy brand ABEL DANGER (David Charles Hawkins of White Rock, British Columbia).
Goodman lists himself as C.E.O. of a New York state corporation known as: Multimedia System Design, Inc. in applications submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (see registration no. 5544901, 8/21/2018 for “CrowdSource The Truth”). USPTO lists the trademark owner as: Multimedia System Design, Inc (MDSI) CORPORATION NEW YORK 6s 252 7th Avenue New York NEW YORK 10001 (same address listed in court ECF docket). MDSI has a New York Department of State registration 1830828 issued 6/21/1994.
CSTT claims to be a fact-checking news service (“Truth Engine”); but, operates in a fraudulent and deceptive manner to deceive the public at large. Consumers are exposed to CSTT false narratives, disguised as “investigation” and “research” reporting, to aid Goodman in gaining the trust of the naïve social media follower that may be impressed by fake bona fides of CSTT experts that confuse the consumer with legal and technical jargon. See the CSTT Patreon.Com home page; quoted in relevant part:
|Crowdsource The Truth is an Open Source Fact Checking “Truth Engine” and political social media movement.
We gather and disseminate raw intelligence and present it to our constantly expanding network of human brains for vetting, analysis and assessment.
Many observers believe the CSTT enterprise purportedly collects between $10K and $15K monthly from over 1,111 dubious paying “patrons” (via the Patreon.Com wire transfer network) transmitted over the wires via the global payment system. Donations and contributions to Goodman via CSTT are to ostensibly fund CSTT sham investigation reports on podcasts – which can be categorically characterized as false news, distortions of reality, deceptive and often resembling hoaxes such as screaming “fire” in a crowded theater (dirty bomb hoax).
NEW YORK’S MINI-FTC ACT
New York’s “mini-FTC Act” (see U.S. Federal Trade Commission) provides a private right of action, which is designed to advance federal fair-trade principles. Such “mini-FTC” laws are commonly known as state consumer protection (CPA) acts. While the federal FTC Act does not have a private right of action for violation of its rules, New York has implemented an such a private right of action which makes violations of the federal FTC Act and regulations a violation of the N.Y. state CPA act. Note: Section 5(a) of the FTC Act provides that “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce . . . are . . . declared unlawful.” 15 U.S.C. Sec. 45(a)(1).
When state legislatures adopted CPAs, they recognized the potential for tension between the federal FTC Act and state law. The FTC responded by urging states to adopt “mini-FTC acts”. See Jack E. Karns, State Regulation of Deceptive Trade Practices Under “Little FTC Acts”: Should Federal Standards Control? 94 Dick. L. Rev. 373, 374 (1990).
“Deceptive” practices are defined in the Commission’s Policy Statement on Deception as involving a material representation, omission or practice that is likely to mislead a consumer acting reasonably in the circumstances. An act or practice is “unfair” if it “causes or is likely to cause substantial injury to consumers which is not reasonably avoidable by consumers themselves and not outweighed by countervailing benefits to consumers or to competition.” 15 U.S.C. Sec. 45(n). This is the same type of deceptive conduct that led to the closure of the Port of Charleston, S.C. by Goodman and Webb on June 14, 2017.
Goodman relies on the deceptive use of fake experts to act as interviewee (“guests”) proxies during podcasts to spread falsehoods, lies, deception, slander and libel. Goodman believes that the use of such proxies will shield him as he is only providing them a platform from which to widely disseminate such unprotected speech. Nonetheless, Goodman promotes the fake bona fides of such proxy interviewees. These activities damaged the undersigned’s business, trade and profession.
FAKE PROXY “EXPERT” DAVID CHARLES HAWKINS
One such proxy podcast “guest” is David Charles Hawkins (a non-U.S. citizen [U.K. national] living in White Rock (South Surrey), British Columbia, CANADA). With Goodman’s help, Hawkins solicits his expertise as an “forensic economist” that can assist next-of-kin of 9/11 WTC families in recovering monies from those companies (like Northrop Grumman, Boeing Aerospace, General Dynamics, etc.) that have misused patented technology to create “wrongful deaths from the negligent, reckless, wilful or fraudulent use ” such patents (as explained during hour long lectures on the CSTT platforms). An example of Hawkins background statement appears below.
Quoting Hawkins himself in relevant part, “David Hawkins has become recognized as a world authority on the application of deductive logic, thermodynamics and applied mathematics to simulate anisotropic effects caused by natural disasters, accidents and/or organized crime groups and help injured communities claim damages for wrongful deaths associated with the negligent or reckless use of patented devices by Global Custodians.”
“What I am interested in – and I believe is the remedy to bring this show to a grinding halt – is in bring an action for wrongful death as a result of the negligent, reckless, willful, or fraudulent use of patented devices by people who may be over-whelmed. If they are negligent, then so be it, we are not accusing them of a crime. [emphasis added]
Caveat: Mr. Hawkins often uses the catch “negligent, reckless, willful and fraudulent” (NRWF).
L to R: Jason Goodman and David Hawkins in Vancouver, British Columbia
To be continued: