In my review, which I posted to benefit a curious public, I concluded that the device is likely ineffective for several basic reasons. Subsequent research conducted by two teams of scientists have confirmed my opinions. And, indeed, multiple states have banned the device from being sold and there is even a $6-million, class-action lawsuit pending against the company that cites false advertising and fraud. Nevertheless, the corporation is still selling millions of its devices each year. Instead of somehow modifying the device to work, the company's founders, Jeremy Hirsch and Christopher Bonner, have decided to try to remove my negative review from the internet by bankrupting me via a frivolous defamation and disparagement lawsuit. This is a classic Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) because it aims to silence me. The lawsuit also has a secondary goal of silencing others who might share my opinion. On this latter goal it is succeeding (e.g., the American Mosquito Control Association has opted to stay silent on the company's devices out of fear of litigation). Spartan Mosquito is a $100 million company so they have plenty of money to throw at this project.
I, on the other hand, do not have millions of dollars. I've already spent nearly $100,000 on attorney fees (money I couldn't really afford) and my bill will likely mushroom if the case goes to trial. That's why I'm appealing to the public for support — I'm hoping that my goal of $100,000 will cover my existing bill and allow my attorney to make the needed filings over the next several months to get the case dismissed. So I'm hoping there might be people out there who (1) appreciate the blog I maintain (focusing on free, unbiased, science-based reviews on biology-related contraptions), (2) dislike charlatans and bullies, and (3) are rich enough that a contribution to my defense wouldn't be too much of a hardship.
In the likely event that you're too poor to help but have a social media account, I'd be equally grateful for any sharing of my campaign. I'd also be very interested in any leads on attorneys who might be able to take on my case pro bono.
If you want to confirm that I'm a real person, here's the About page on my blog. Here are more details on 'AC2T v Colin Purrington' lawsuit.
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