September 8, 2015
This morning Projectioneering LLC sent a letter to the Attorney Generals and U.S. Attorneys in the District of Columbia and the States of Maryland, Ohio and Delaware.
The letter officially informs each of these law enforcement agencies of the concessions of guilt by Dr. Stephen Ostorff, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth, President of Battelle Memorial Institute and Ms. Pamela Bailey in a bid rigging and price fixing scheme to artificially set prices for the use of predictive analytic tools in the food industry.
Bid rigging and price fixing are violations of Sherman antitrust laws and are accompanied by severe criminal and civil punishment. Violators of antitrust laws can face jail terms and their victims can sue for triple damages.
“We want to sincerely thank Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn, U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Vincent H. Cohen, Jr., U.S. Attorney for Delaware Charles M. Oberly, III and U.S. Attorney for Ohio Carter M. Stewart for their efforts in this matter,” said John Hnatio the President of Projectioneering LLC.
Projectioneering is the victim of a bid rigging and price fixing scheme perpetrated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collusion with their contractor Battelle Memorial Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).
GMA is one of the biggest industry and trade associations with over 300 members worldwide. “One of GMA’s principal missions is to influence the FDA regulation of the food industry,” observed Hnatio. “Their job is to negotiate with the FDA on behalf of regulated food companies the type and degree of regulation that is acceptable to the food industry. The consumer is the big loser in this type of equation,” Hnatio added.
A small company that was licensing Projectioneering’s patented predictive analytics food risk management tools, FoodQuestTQ LLC was driven out of business by the Food and Drug Administration’s and Battelle Memorial Institute’s theft and duplication of their computer software tools. “Later, Battelle teamed up with GMA to distribute a technology across the entire food industry that they knew full well they did not own,” said Bruce Becker the President of FoodQuestTQ LLC. “Bid rigging and price fixing has become a systemic problem that is hurting small businesses across the country,” Becker says.
In fact, after the FoodQuestTQ experience with the FDA Hnatio and Becker teamed up to establish a charitable non-profit organization called the John Galt Program for Investigative studies. The mission of the charitable organization is to provide pro bono help to others so that they can fight the same type of unfair government competition they experienced at the hands of the FDA, Battelle and GMA.
“One of the most interesting things we have found helping other companies is that the least common denominator of every one of the small businesses we have worked with is the direct involvement of Battelle as a contractor to the government helping to steal and redirect technologies owned by small businesses for their own ends,” said Hnatio. “Battelle’s motto is The Business of Innovation when it really should be The Business of Unnovation,” he added.
Battelle’s 2012 tax return, with the latest publicly available numbers, shows that Battelle holds assets of over $1.2 billion with annual revenues topping a whopping $5.2 billion. The numbers also reveal that Battelle has spent over $8.9 million for lobbying over the past several years. In 2012 alone Battelle spent over 739 thousand dollars to lobby Congress. “The numbers simply don’t lie. Battelle, in fact, is a predatory enterprise out for one thing and that one thing is profit,” Hnatio concluded.
For more information on the history of Sherman antitrust and how it relates to FoodQuestTQ, FDA, Battelle Memorial Institute and GMA please visit the “Antitrust” tab at http://jgpis.org
The John Galt Program for Investigative Studies (JGPIS) is a non-profit charitable program that falls under the Institute of Complexity Management, EIN # 43-2057175. The John Galt Program for Investigative Studies helps small business protect themselves against encroachment into their intellectual property. We provide pro-bono work to help small business create investigative reports concerning how the entity infringed on that company’s intellectual property. We survive on the donations of others that allow us to perform this service. If you wish to donate to JPGIS please click on this link: http://jgpis.org/donate/.