Sunday, June 24, 2018

A PEAK INTO THE LIVES OF THE 13,000 ABANDONED WOMEN "NON-REVISION" #MESH PLAINTIFFS FORCED TO BE BUTCHERED (PTO#293 SIGNED BY JUDGE GOODWIN IN U.S.DIST.CT. WVA) OR LOSE LEGAL REPRESENTATION “THE DAILY DROP” The Legal Cartel: Facts, Rumors & Innuendoes by Lana C. Keeton, Med Device Expert LLC . Legal Consultant . Medical Device Expert © 2005 - 2018 Lana C. Keeton All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed Volume 1, Issue 5 June 22, 2018



“THE DAILY DROP”

The Legal Cartel: Facts, Rumors & Innuendoes
by 
Lana C. Keeton
 Med Device Expert LLC
Legal Consultant  .  Medical Device Expert
© All rights reserved. Lana C. Keeton 2005 - 2018
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
 Volume 1, Issue 5 June 22, 2018

A PEAK INTO THE LIVES OF THE 13,000 ABANDONED
NON-REVISION #MESH PLAINTIFFS
FORCED TO BE BUTCHERED OR LOSE LEGAL REPRESENTATION



Meet DOTTIE GRIGGS 

“NON-REVISION” PLAINTIFF DYING FROM MESH..
A former ER Nurse at Baylor Hospital, a former Urgent Care Nurse at GMC, an HMO, a former Coronary Care at Rowan Hospital, Former General Manager at Hilton Hotel Corporation

Here’s the word on Facebook… From DOTTIE GRIGGS, just one woman among thousands, who are furious with Pretrial Order 293 and denial of her rights to a trial by her own attorneys. Even the famous amazing surgeon DR. SHLOMO RAZ, who consulted with her will not operate on DOTTIE GRIGGS. Maybe the Plaintiffs Attorneys Steering Committee does not know how to prosecute a “Non-Revision” Plaintiff  case but this “Non-Revision” Plaintiff  does.

            
FACEBOOK POST on 06/08/2018 by DOTTIE GRIGGS,
a Really Smart Mesh Injured Woman
(reprinted with her permission)


“I want to know when the judge in WV also obtained his medical degree in urology and gynecology. He is not an expert at medical, his specialty is supposed to be the law.

However, as we can all see the scales of justice do not set balanced. There are a number of reasons people who need surgery for mesh removal can't have it.
  
 Number #1 reason look at the number of patients that need it and the number of qualified 
 physicians that have the skills to perform it.

#2. Look at the # of Doc's who denied there being any such problem for so many years.
  
#3 Distance, how do the patients all afford to get to these doctors that have the skills, we
don’t all have money trees growing in our backyard. Or an attorneys, doctors, or judges
income.

#4 Why in the world is the sick patient having to bare all the responsibility to begin with.
The Manufactures knew this was going to cause people problems they just did not know
how soon . Admitted in their 2007 annual meeting of AUGS, in addition to it was still in
experimental stages and should not have been billed. No data had been submitted during
those years tracking the patients. To bill was a FELONY, to send the bill through the mail
was a FEDERAL OFFENSE, also a felony.

# 5. When F.D.A. recalled the first implant kit approved, did they not have sense enough
to STOP the other like ones from going to market, rather than grandfathered them in
510K. I have been to multiple doctors seeking help during 12 years, i have been blown
off, lied to, humiliated, given narcotic prescriptions, given help no. Not even by one of
the Most Renowned Doc's in this field. Now I am told I am in too bad of conditions, that
maybe another specialist could do something.

How many years how many doctors does one go to? You’re sick or you wouldn’t be
going to start with, this is not a world travel adventure.

Women/men have had from no surgeries after implant suffering to 20 and I believe I
heard 45 surgeries. My body is damaged. I have multiple complications. 

I am going to die from it. 
Or get lucky and get hit by a bus. 
But for a Judge, any Judge, 
to determine 
the worth of our Vagina 
and the rest of our health 
on the # of surgeries is wrong.


What is right? It’s for the manufactures and the FDA to accept responsibility. Set up a
hospital for treatment, get some doctors trained in removal and help us. The cost is on the
manufacturers, FDA, original doctor and hospital doing the implanting. The patient still
receives equal settlement the same for all, we’re not Call Girls one getting $100 a night
and another $5k.

You can't award one woman $15K for injuries and another $54 million, plus her husband.
What those of us not married didn’t lose consortium? Well I hope all remember the song
“I Can't Get No Satisfaction ". That’s what’s been done mutilation and pain.

The only people gaining anything at the cost of our health,The Courts they get a % of every claim. The attorneys both sides. And why in God’s name would we be paying an insurance company that performed surgery on many of us without our knowledge, if they had stolen our kidney, would we pay insurance for that. All the following care needed because of something that should not have been on the market and harmed us, get real.

That’s like hiring a hit man and paying him two times before and after.”

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??

Over 13,000 "Non-Revision Plaintiffs" who were dismissed without prejudice can probably thank Henry Garrard III of Blasingame, Burch,Garrard & Ashley and Fred Thompson & Joseph Rice of Motley Rice and Bryan Aylstock of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz.

These men have been for decades the perpetual lead counsel / plaintiffs steering committee of various monstrous Multidistrict Litigations (mesh, asbestos, tobacco, 9/11, etc.). They, and/or others in their firms, are also the plaintiff’s steering committee in multidistrict litigations for Ethicon Physiomesh and Atrium C-Qur. They should all immediately resign from their positions on the plaintiffs steering committee of Ethicon Physiomesh and Atrium C-qur for conflict of interest in not fully prosecuting these 13,000 women’s cases.

So how do we remedy another potential 13,000 “Non-Revision” Plaintiffs in the Multidistrict Litigations for Ethicon Physiomesh and/or Atrium C-Qur if these men do not resign? Add new qualifications, not a part of the current member of the “Good Ole Boys/Girls Club” qualification, to the current ones.

The current method of determining who will serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committees for MDL and Class Action lawsuits has to change. The rules for nominating Plaintiffs Steering Committees have to include the following additional investigation of these powerful few men and women attorneys who control the destiny of  hundreds of thousands of Plaintiffs across the United States in the United States Court System:
                       
1)      Forensic accounting of finances of Lead and Co-Lead counsel to determine they have actually paid their previous clients all the money they are owed and are actually financially stable.

2)      A psychological evaluation to eliminate the potential narcissist and/or sociopath.

3)      Drug testing to prevent drug addicted attorneys holding these positions of power

4)      Are there conflicts of interest with their current case load, as in the current situation between 13,000 “Non-Revision Plaintiffs and the new Hernia Mesh Plaintiffs for Ethicon Physiomesh and Atrium C-Qur?

The confidentiality demanded by Defendants, and agreed to by Plaintiff’s Attorneys Steering Committee, in order to settle claims for hundreds of millions of dollars must see the light of day to stop the Three C’s: the very likely collusion, corruption and conspiracy.


The philosophy of the powerful few: 
“Don’t Kill the Company”
To perpetuate the power and positions of 
the Repeat Entrenched Players 
and their Repeat Entrenched Law Firms 
in massive multidistrict litigations for decades

IS KILLING DOTTIE GRIGGS!


This publication series will continue to expose the ugly underbelly of the West Virginia Multidistrict Litigations which has over 100,000 cases in the Southern District of West Virginia. Please continue to enjoy the ride. There’s a lot of ugly underbelly!




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Friday, June 8, 2018

HENRY G. GARRARD III "THE BUTCHER of ATHENS, GA" FORCES 13,000 WOMEN PLAINTIFFS TO HAVE "REVISION" SURGERY ON THEIR VAGINAS TO HAVE A LAWSUIT IN WEST VIRGINIA #MESH MDL'S



THESE MEN HAVE POWER OVER HUNDREDS OF 

THOUSANDS OF #MESH INJURED MEN & WOMEN.

THEIR PHILOSOPHY: "DON'T KILL THE COMPANY!"

GO TO PRETRIAL ORDER #273 

IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT IN THE

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

ORDER BY JUDGE JOSEPH GOODWIN

"NON REVISIONS PLAINTIFFS" 

ARE DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

CBS 60 MINUTES HAS CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OFMESH, While the West Virginia Mesh MDL’s Plaintiff’s Steering Committee Continues to Ignore the Truth.


CBS 60 MINUTES HAS CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OFMESH,
While the West Virginia Mesh MDL’s Plaintiff’s Steering Committee
Continues to Ignore the Truth.


STRAWMAN PROSECUTION:
“LIGHT WEIGHT LARGE PORE v. HEAVYWEIGHT SMALL PORE”

This is the strawman used in multiple bellwether trials in Mesh Multidistrict Litigation in West Virginia. It completely ignores the array of physical and chemical properties of Polypropylene Synthetic Surgical Mesh which make it incompatible with the human body.

Not to mention, the inherent manufacturing defects which I personally identified
as a manufacturing and device expert. Mesh is defective whether implanted or on the shelf.

However, leadership on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee, and you know who you are, have ignored a world of technical information readily available to you, through your discovery and your experts, that makes ALL polypropylene synthetic surgical mesh defective.

No, you are off to new MDL’s for Ethicon Physiomesh and Atrium C-Qur. You have abandoned over 13,000 women, PTO 273, whose cases have been dismissed without prejudice by Judge Joseph Goodwin because…. now here’s another strawman…. these thousands of women have not had surgery to remove the permanently implanted mesh that is like removing gum from your hair, a strawman created by the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee to protect the companies.

While I know many plaintiff’s attorneys have no control over their own mesh cases, and I am not talking to you, the Plaintiffs Steering Committee has spent, and received, hundreds of millions of dollars and polypropylene synthetic surgical mesh IS STILL ON THE MARKET.

The 3 men listed below from the 60 Minutes segment presented enough facts that Polypropylene Synthetic Surgical Mesh should have been recalled from the market years ago and NEVER implanted in humans, men or women and you can’t prove it in court.

Link to CBS 60 Minutes Segment 05-13-2018:

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC COURT DOCUMENTS
“In 2005, Chevron Phillips cut off Boston Scientific's supply of Marlex. Later, when Boston Scientific appealed, Chevron Phillips replied, "We are simply not interested in this business at any price." Boston Scientific estimated that it would run out of Marlex by 2012. George Vialle, director of Global Supply Chain wrote, this plastic resin "supports a $120 million in annual revenue… I can not [sic] overstate the importance of getting more." Boston Scientific had to have Chevron Phillips Marlex because that plastic was already accepted by the FDA.

1.      DR. MICHAEL MARGOLIS
 “Dr. Michael Margolis is a surgeon who has removed 350 mesh implants. He's been a witness in lawsuits against Boston Scientific.
“Dr. Michael Margolis: The slings I've removed are substantially altered in their architecture. They are shrunk by at least 50% in width; they are encased in scar tissue. The pores here, these openings here are shrunk substantially.”

2.      DUANE PRIDDY
“Duane Priddy has been a witness in mesh lawsuits, but he is not part of any litigation against Boston Scientific. He explained to us that oxygen breaks up polypropylene. The plastic has antioxidant additives but they dissipate over time.”

3.      CHRIS DeARMITT
 “Chris DeArmitt is a plastics engineer who researched Boston Scientific for one of the women suing the company.”
“Chris DeArmitt: They looked everywhere. They looked at least 20 different companies all around the world. They were looking for stocks of material.”



Sunday, April 29, 2018

LIARS IN THE O.R. (OPERATING ROOM): DR. G. WILLY DAVILA, DR. JOHN MIKLOS, DR. VINCENT LUCENTE, DR. JAMES W. ROSS, DR. B. TODD HENIFORD, DR. ROBERT MOORE


THESE LIARS ARE PAID MEDICAL CONSULTANTS/ ADVISORS TO SOME OF THE LARGEST CRIMINAL CORPORATIONS IN THE WORLD. 

ETHICON @ethicon 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON @JNJNews

C.R. BARD @barddavol

THESE "MEN" ARE WILLING TO MUTILATE MEN & WOMEN ALIKE WITH SURGICAL #MESH



















THESE "MEN" ARE THE "JOHNNY APPLESEED'S" OF SYNTHETIC SURGICAL #MESH

THESE ARE TWISTED, PERVERTED EVIL MEN. 

MALIGNANT NARCISSISTS OR 
SOCIOPATHS OR 
PSYCOPATHS? 

YOU DECIDE! 

GASLIGHTING IS THEIR STOCK IN TRADE.

"Revelation 21:8 King James Version (KJV)
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH."

THESE LIARS WILL LIVE IN HELL FOR ETERNITY. 





Monday, April 2, 2018

#MESH INJURED WOMEN THROWN UNDER THE BUS! FALSE EVIDENCE? GASLIGHTING? SOCIOPATHS? NARCISSISTS? PSYCOPATHS? ALL OF THE ABOVE? YEP, PROBABLY. TRANSVAGINAL MESH MDL'S. C.R. BARD MDL 02187, J&J/ETHICON MDL 02327. AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS MDL 02326, BOSTON SCIENTIFIC MDL 02325


Comments from Lana Keeton, speaker Transvaginal Mesh Panel, Mass Torts Made Perfect, April 2012 Las Vegas sent via e-mail on 04-28-2012 to all of the following email addresses. 

ALL OF THESE PLAINTIFFS ATTORNEYS KNOW THE TRUTH!

Dear MDL Litigators,

dpotts@potts-law.com; ffitzpatrick@motleyrice.com; hfbell@belllaw.com; jorent@motleyrice.com; paul@greeneketchum.com; jrobertrogers@hotmail.com; don@discepolollp.com; andy@discepolollp.com; Amy Eskin ; baylstock@awkolaw.com; dkreis@awkolaw.com; jgreen@ashcraftlaw.com; mparf@aol.com; nhersh@hershlaw.com; champ@champlyons.com; mlabaton@motleyrice.com; bdalton@bdaltonlaw.com; lsimon@bdaltonlaw.com; dallen@cohenandmalad.com; rbaggett@awkolaw.com; jbarger@awkolaw.com; Lee.Balefsky@Klinespecter.com; Michelle.Tiger@Klinespecter.com; Tom.Kline@Klinespecter.com; zelbst@zelbst.com; dnast@rodanast.com; pjf@foote-meyers.com; rpinto@feldmanpinto.com; slove@triallawfirm.com; cclark@triallawfirm.com; dmarkoff@atkinsandmarkoff.com; jatkins@atkinsandmarkoff.com; cbrown@hershlaw.com; pgorski@petergorskilaw.com; cmcorwin@nvlaw.us; info@potterlawoffices.com; amylynnstued@hotmail.com; cmoore@forthepeople.com; mgoetz@forthepeople.com; dch@abowitzlaw.com; mainmail@abowitzlaw.com; eric@ericfonglaw.com; rriggle@suddenlinkmail.com; thouck@suddenlinkmail.com; foxandfox@sbcglobal.net; kbaghdadi@walkuplawoffice.com; orchard@spencelawyers.com; glennlaw@lowcountrylawyer.com; mark.davis@daviscrump.com; martincrump@daviscrump.com; tsifers@potts-law.com; aburmeister@berkshire-law.com; pcoates@pckb-law.com; rachel@montesherald.com; bclark@potts-law.com; ats@millerlawpc.com; aoliver@oliverlg.com; awilliams@gustafsongluek.com; dgustafson@gustafsongluek.com; dhedlund@gustafsongluek.com; epm@millerlawpc.com; ashleyspencer@spencer-law.com; bonniespencer@spencer-law.com; george_fleming@fleming-law.com; Karen_Beyea-Schroeder@fleming-law.com; laura_yaeger@fleming-law.com; mmoreland@triallawfirm.com; gbh@homseylawcenter.com; jsc@homseylawcenter.com; akent@girardikeese.com; asolomon@girardikeese.com; tgirardi@girardikeese.com; rabrams@levinsimes.com; conniewtaylor@gmail.com; Goss39587@aol.com; tvm@dpmlawfirm.com; vra@ab-plc.com; aimee.wagstaff@ahw-law.com; jerry@yourlawyer.com; mmuhlstock@yourlawyer.com; lbp@bbgbalaw.com; andy@hbsslaw.com; rcarey@hbsslaw.com; Robert Price ; andy.birchfield@beasleyallen.com; jpage@jrplawpc.com; leigh.odell@beasleyallen.com; Chad.Cook@BeasleyAllen.com; mrossi@chelaw.com; whunt@chelaw.com; cmcnabb@potts-law.com; Ben@andersonlawoffices.net; carln@facslaw.com; jwitkin@awkolaw.com; noverholtz@awkolaw.com; jkuntz@wcllp.com; mayberry@theringmccarley.com; thering@theringpllc.com; eberezofsky@wcblegal.com; mcuker@wcblegal.com; petestrom@stromlaw.com; rmadden@stromlaw.com; tcartmell@wcllp.com; jzonies@rplaw.com; jquinton@edwardslawok.com; mthetford@edwardslawok.com; nrhoads@lopezmchugh.com; tvanronzelen@cvdl.net; david@zevandavidson.com; kevin@zevandavidson.com; randall@randallkedwards.com; leehollis@hollislawfirm.com; alevin@lfsblaw.com; Mweinkowitz@lfsblaw.com; jrhoades@dpmlawfirm.com; dusti@harveyfirm.com; rsmith@smithelliott.com; betsy@greeneschultz.com; shahn@leesebergvalentine.com; nvresearch@aol.com; murphylaw@msn.com; gfalkowitz@yourlawyer.com; gilknox@sidgilreath.com; jplattenberger@torhoermanlaw.com; thoerman@torhoermanlaw.com; skatz@burgsimpson.com; mjohnson@johnsonbecker.com; shauer@johnsonbecker.com; ymflaherty@locklaw.com; cmcgowan@mcgowanhood.com; jgrand@bernlieb.com; josh@parilmanlaw.com; kendall.dunson@beasleyallen.com; tony@simonluke.com; tad@simonluke.com; talley@tampatriallawyers.com; dgreiwe@tampatriallawyers.com; jclark@tampatriallawyers.com; kchambers@tampatriallawyers.com; henry@vallaw.com; t.oconnor@hundleyandjohnson.com; chaffin@chaffinluhana.com; luhana@chaffinluhana.com; choussi@hdhtex.com; jaosborne@babbitt-johnson.com; ecopeland@fhl-law.com; joe@saunderslawyers.com; arobinson@rcrlaw.net; drobinson@rcrlaw.net; kbmenzies@rcrlaw.net; stracey@traceylawfirm.com; slukei@rcrlaw.net; wpolischuk@rcrlaw.net; rjohnson@lopezmchugh.com; paul@sizemoretaylor.net; davidaugustus@spencer-law.com; riamobile@nbalawfirm.com

For those of you who don’t know me, my patient advocacy organization, Truth in Medicine, and I were instrumental in getting the FDA warnings on synthetic surgical mesh issued in 2008 and 2011. Based on that work, I appeared as a speaker on the Transvaginal Mesh Panel at Mass Torts Made Perfect April 20, 2012 in Las Vegas.

It’s important to understand, this is a bigger fight than a lawsuit and a product.
Use of synthetic surgical mesh is a fatally flawed concept which remains unchallenged. Hernias, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are conditions caused by torn or weakened tissue. These are not diseases, only conditions. Implanting a foreign body polymer, synthetic surgical mesh, does not treat causation.

Treating the symptoms with synthetic mesh is a confounding factor in these conditions. Based on my extensive research, the simple act of implantation is the culprit. The complications are complicated. The cause is not. It’s the device, not the doctor, not the procedure, not the patient.

I.                    ABDOMINAL SACRAL COLPOPEXY
         
Abdominal sacral colpopexy is not a better, safer alternative than mesh kits for pelvic organ prolapse. It has a high complication rate and a long recovery. In addition, a significant complication is stress urinary incontinence (SUI) leading to further surgery and the use of synthetic mesh slings, which is the subject of current litigation.

Recurrent prolapse:                   8% - 24%

Repeat surgery:                           5% - 9%

Stress Urinary Incontinence:    10%

TVT/Ob-Tape:                              3% - 13%
(recommended postoperatively for SUI)

Attached you will find a description of the procedure and a listing of some studies demonstrating these complications. Highlighted notes show the severity of this procedure and its complications. This is well documented in other long standing literature. It is a very intrusive procedure drastically cutting the internal pelvic organs with a long recovery period.

There are significantly better, safer surgical and non-surgical alternatives.

II.                  POLYPROPYLENE DEGRADATION AND DECOMPOSITION

As a steel broker with 30 years experience and an excellent knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of steel, I have researched the physical and chemical properties of the commercial uses of polypropylene and other polymers. Polypropylene is not inert, degrades and decomposes in commercial use. Medical device manufacturers know this.

Labeling polypropylene and other foreign body polymers as biocompatible and inert because it is used for a medical device is a misnomer, a misrepresentation and not true. I have a significant compilation of studies demonstrating synthetic surgical mesh implanted for hernia repair, bladder suspension and pelvic organ prolapse repair degrades and decomposes when implanted.

My analysis looks at these foreign body polymers from a manufacturing perspective and the inherent defects that are impossible to escape.

I wish all of you success as you go forward seeking justice for your clients. While you are seeking justice, I am working at the FDA and in Congress as a patient advocate to get synthetic surgical mesh off the market. 

Advocacy is not enough. This has to be approached on every level possible. That is why I am pleased to consult attorneys based on my thousands of hours of research as a Pro Se Plaintiff against Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon in federal court, as a patient advocate and as a mesh injured patient.

If you contract with me, I will be happy to consult you and provide you additional information. Wishing you many victories in court!

All the best,
Lana

Lana C. Keeton,
Med Device Expert LLC
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Friday, March 23, 2018

#DEEPSTATE FDA? THINK YOU'RE PROTECTED? YOU'RE NOT! DR. JEFFREY SHUREN, DIRECTOR FDA'S CDRH AUTHORIZES SPYING ON WHISTLE BLOWERS, THEIR ATTORNEYS & U.S. SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN! @US_FDA


#DEEPSTATE CORRUPTION AT THE FDA
THINK YOU’RE PROTECTED? YOU’RE NOT!

OBAMA APPOINTEE, CDRH DIRECTOR, DR. JEFF SHUREN TIED TO GE CEO JEFFREY IMELT, OBAMA’S JOBS CZAR

PROTECTS DANGEROUS GE MRI MACHINES, PATIENTS BE DAMNED!

WHISTLEBLOWER SCIENTISTS THROWN UNDER THE BUS

WHY #DEEPSTATE? CAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS AND NOTHING WAS DONE! JEFF SHUREN STILL AT THE TOP!


DR. JEFFREY SHUREN (center), MARCH 28, 2012, HHS BUILDING, 
I WAS A PANELIST! I SPOKE ON BEHALF OF PATIENTS! I TOOK THE PICTURE!


HERE IS THE LINK TO THE REPORT BELOW:  
 https://oversight.house.gov/hearing/limitless-surveillance-fda-protecting-rights-federal-whistleblowers/



LIMITLESS SURVEILLANCE AT THE FDA: 
PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF FEDERAL WHISTLEBLOWERS

JOINT STAFF REPORT

Prepared for Representative Darrell E. Issa, Chairman
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform United States House of Representatives
&
Senator Charles E. Grassley, Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate

113th Congress February 26, 2014



I.          Table of Contents


Table of Names
Food and Drug Administration

Jeffrey Shuren
Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Jeffrey Shuren is the Director for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He oversees the Center’s operations and strategic direction. Dr. Shuren, along with several other FDA officials, ordered the initial computer monitoring and was a later proponent of its expansion.

Ruth McKee
Associate Director for Management and Executive Officer, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Ruth McKee is the Associate Director for Management and Executive Officer for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. McKee reports directly to Dr. Shuren, who tasked her to lead the charge to determine what steps the FDA needed to take after it learned of the potential leak. McKee also ordered the monitoring and determined the initial monitoring search terms given to the Office of Information Management.

Mary Pastel
Deputy Director for Radiological Health for In Vitro Diagnostics, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Mary Pastel is the Deputy Director for Radiological Health for In Vitro Diagnostics with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Ruth McKee instructed Pastel to review encrypted flash drives containing surveillance of information on scientists’ computers.

Lori Davis
Chief Information Officer

Lori Davis was the Chief Information Officer for the FDA. Prior to being named the Chief Information Officer in January 2009, she served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer. She worked with Ruth McKee to set up computer monitoring of Dr. Robert Smith, and was asked to search through e-mails of FDA employees to determine the source of the information leak.

Joe Albaugh
Chief Information Security Officer

Joe Albaugh was the Chief Information Security Officer for the FDA until March 2011. Lori Davis approached Albaugh to set up the computer monitoring for Dr. Robert Smith.


Robert Smith
Medical Officer, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Robert Smith was a Medical Officer for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He was the first employee at the FDA to experience computer monitoring. Based on information gathered from Dr. Smith’s computer, officials at the FDA later expanded this monitoring to include additional FDA scientists. His contract was not renewed after his contacts with Congress, the Office of Special Counsel, and his personal attorney were captured through the FDA’s monitoring program.

Les Weinstein
Ombudsman, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Les Weinstein was the Ombudsman in the Office of the Center Director for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Weinstein asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to investigate the disclosure of confidential information to the press.


Chickasaw Nation Industries Information Technology, LLC

Christopher Newsom
Contract Forensic Engineer, Incident Response Team

Christopher Newsom is a Forensic Engineer with Chickasaw Nation Industries Information Technology. Newsom conducted the computer monitoring of FDA employees. After the FDA first set up this monitoring for Dr. Robert Smith, Newsom prepared an interim report to summarize the status of the monitoring.

Joseph Hoofnagle
Contract Investigator, Incident Response Team


Joseph Hoofnagle is a Contract Investigator with Chickasaw Nation Industries Information Technology. Hoofnagle installed Spector 360 software on the monitored employees’ computers. He worked with Newsom to conduct computer monitoring of FDA employees, and assisted Newsom in writing an interim report to summarize the status of the monitoring.