July 14, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell lawsuit

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New court documents indicate that the stem cell clinic Stemgenex was contemplating paying nearly $20K to try to get certain webpages that were critical of the company taken down. The documents include internal company emails that are part of the lawsuit against the firm. They indicate that Stemgenex was mulling over the idea of hiring a “reputation management” company, The Reputation Group, in 2016 to deal with critical web content. For background, the suit itself alleges that Stemgenex engaged in improper marketing to make potential customers view past …Read More

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Attorney Richard Jaffe, who has been an advocate for clinics to have the right to sell and patient to buy unproven therapies such as the stem cells sold by clinics and unproven cancer therapies, just did a kind of shocking u-turn on a specific point. Jaffe and I have very different philosophical views of the unproven stem cell clinic arena with him favoring less and me favoring much more FDA oversight. He may be most well known overall for having been the attorney for …Read More

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For me there was a sense of “finally” when just under 3 months ago the FDA filed suits via the DOJ against 2 stem cell clinic firms, U.S. Stem Cell (and its affiliate U.S. Stem Cell Clinic, collectively referred to here as USRM) and California Stem Cell Treatment Center/Cell Surgical Network (collectively referred to here as CSN) seeking permanent injunctions. However, since the filings in May not much of anything has changed on these fronts and it appears that the FDA has taken no action …Read More

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I’m becoming increasing convinced that patient suits against stem cell clinics are going to have strong impact, including based on the new steps taken by a particular law firm. For background, I’ve written extensively about these suits over the years and we’ve seen more recently that another academic group (Claire Horner, Evelyn Tenenbaum, Douglas Sipp, Zubin Master) has published a paper on the suits. The law firm stepping up against clinics is GRYC or Grossman, Roth, Yaffa, and Cohen. They not only have and continue to represent …Read More