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Posted on 08/04/2005 6:19:31 PM PDT by Coleus
Judges rule civil suits against Planned Parenthood can proceed
Los Angeles, Aug. 04, 2005 (CNA) - Two separate Los Angeles Superior Court judges have ruled that the Pro-Family Law Center of Southern California may proceed with lawsuits against Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles. The non-profit organization announced the rulings Tuesday.
In Jones v. Planned Parenthood, a former PPLA employee claims PPLA was and continues to be engaged in unfair business practices, including overcharging the State of California for services and goods, and for violating various labor laws.
If Jones wins, PPLA could have an injunction issued against its continued practices, be put into receivership under California's unfair business practices laws, and be forced to pay restitution to the plaintiff.
In the second case, a former vice-president of PPLA claims PPLA terminated him for bringing up issues related to grossly overcharging the government for prescription drugs, using PPLA grants/donations for employee purchases at Victoria's Secret, and complaining about racism, anti-religious comments, and other discriminatory behavior.
Internal documents allegedly showing that PPLA independent audit findings were sought to be suppressed and concealed from California officials were attached to the complaint. They include comments, such as: "We do not want too many copies of the audit out" and "[w]e want to be as vague [...] because these applications become a matter of public record should any persistent anti-choicer be on the lookout."
Another internal e-mail exhibit reads: "... a very serious matter has reared its ugly head. As you are probably aware, PPLA has been marking up the OCs and the pills dispensed by a hefty markup over cost. This is proscribed by DHS regulations where the prevailing rule is that medicines should be dispensed at cost with a recovery of the dispensing fee (which of course if minimal as compared to normal retail markup). Please let me be clear about this issue we purchase meds at $1 or $2 and sell them for $12 $18 $48. [...] The impact is over $2million bottom line, and approximately $4million in revenues over the course of a typical 12 months."
PPLA filed a motion to strike these exhibits from the court record, but the motion was denied.
Lead Pro-Family Law Center attorney Richard Ackerman says his organization is pleased that they have been allowed to proceed with the cases, which will likely go to trial in Los Angeles in early 2006.
If we are successful, we may be able to bring justice to the taxpayers who have lost millions of dollars to overcharging and have an opportunity to force Planned Parenthood to live up to the same financial standards applicable to any other entity that feeds itself on tax dollars, said Ackerman.
I've met Ackerman, heard him speak at a conference. He knows his stuff.
Thanks for posting this.
This is good news
I really despise lawsuits but I will choke back my feelings in this case.
Bankrupt the feminazis.
bump to the very top!
Ping -- taxpayer ripoff -- PPLA can be shut down over this... [PPLA = Planned Parenthood Los Angeles]
Hmmm... Killing babies has its consequences!
Abuse of California Tax Dollars!
Please let me know if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.
Hey. If you'll murder babies, what's a little financial corruption? These people are on par with Hit men.
Ackerman works with Scott Lively, who is the co-author of "The Pink Swastika" (along with Kevin Abrams). They do good work, and I hope more people find out about them via this thread. They are fighting worthy fights.
I'll ping my list later on.
Excellent! These suits will help to expose Planned Parenthood for what it is.
Yep, it's organized crime.
Good news. Best of luck to those folks looking out for the taxpayers of California and shining a light on Planned Parenthood.