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The most effective tactic for fighting back against Russ Whitney Russ Whitney has been suing me for nearly three years. As a result, I have investigated him and published the results of my investigation. That, in turn, has made me reluctantly become a sort of clearinghouse of Russ Whitney information. One of the most common questions I get from people who are unhappy with Russ Whitney is something along the lines of, "How can I fight back?" Complaining to the Better Business Bureau seems to work somewhat. Whitney appears to be trying to change his unsatisfactory rating with that organization. Hand out info on the street outside his "free" seminars But the tactic that seems to work best is to hand out information about Russ Whitney on the street outside his seminars, especially the free seminars. These seminars are given at hotel meeting rooms around the U.S. Whitney' Web site has announced when and where they are held. The locations and times are also often in newspaper ads in your local newspapers and/or in TV infomercials on your TV. When this is done in political campaigns, the persons who do it are called "Truth Squads." Even Whitney says it' effective People have told me they did this and it seemed to be extremely effective. In addition, Whitney complains about such handouts of information at his seminars repeatedly in his court papers against me. So he seems to think they are effective, too. His executive John Kane told a Wisconsin paper that a one-man truth squad there was hurting their business. Video them I am told that members of Whitney' crew may come out and speak harshly to you. They may photograph you. I suggest that you video them photographing you. Video with audio recording would be best. You should have more than one person so you have a witness to attest to your legal

behavior and to any possible illegal behavior by anyone else. You have the right to video or photographh someone without their permission if they are in a public place. Call the cops One person told me they called the police beforehand. The police said, "Go for it." Then Whitney' staff came out and threatened to call the cops. The protestors said they already did. I recommend you call your local police or other government agency before you do this to see if you can learn any details of how to do it legally and safely. So far, I have heard of several people being threatend by Whitney staff that they were going to call the cops. As far as I know, it' a bluff. I have yet to talk to someone who said they actually called the cops or that the cops actually arrived. Generally, I think the cops have more pressing things to do. If they accepted such a call, it might take them hours to get there because of various other violent crimes that have higher priority. First Amendment Generally, such handing out of information outdoors in public areas is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. It protects ""¦freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble"¦" There are some Web sites that tell you how to picket and leaflet legally. For example, look at the instructions provided by the City of Killeen, TX. Lenexa, KS has a similar Web page at https://www.ci.lenexa.ks.us/legal/picketing.html. There is a very thorough one for labor unions at https://216.239.63.104/search?q=cache:8l4srXpS4MkJ:www.ocsea.org/education/801infpi.pdf+legal+picketing&hl=en&ie=UTF-8. Picketing and leaftletting are age-old and honored American traditions. It is routinely done by unions, political opponents, and unhappy employees and consumers. Extremely unhappy speakers At his Web site, Whitney says his speakers make up to $600,000 per year. You will probably be reducing, albeit legally, the income of the speaker in question if you leaflet a Whitney' seminar. Expect the Whitney people to be extremely unhappy with you as a result. The hotel may not be thrilled with you either, because they get some of the money (in the form of meeting and sleeping room rental fees) that Whitney gets from the attendees who sign up for the paid seminars. But this is still the United States of America. You can legally attempt to help people to make a more informed decision about Russ Whitney' products and services. Public records about Whitney Web page I have created a Web page with a series of brief statements from public records about Russ Whitney or his companies. It is at https://www.johntreed.com/publicdomain.html. You may copy one or more of the statements and paste it to another page to print out or an email you wish to send. You do not need to hand out the information I gathered. You can create your own. I wish you would. You can choose to use some, but not all, of what I gathered. Or you can use it all. It' up to you. You can and probably should add your own Whitney experience to what you hand out. Just make sure what you say is truthful. I recommend that you check out all the facts that are on the sheet I gathered to make sure it is accurate. I believe it is. But when you hand it out, you need to make sure it is accurate. Many of my Web pages about Whitney are copyrighted. You may not copy those. But you may use stuff at my Web site that is public, like the complaint against Whitney by the State of Tennessee attorney general. Carrying a sign may help seminar attendees spot you as they arrive for the seminar. Picketing and leafletting can be done legally. It' not that complicated. But it can also be done illegally. For example, do NOT tell Whitney you are going to hand out flyers outside his seminars unless he pays you money or that you will stop if he pays you money. Just do it without any announcements or offers in conjunction with it. Best wishes, John T. Reed Copyright 2005 by John T. Reed John T. Reed, a.k.a. John Reed, Jack Reed, 342 Bryan Drive, Alamo, CA 94507, Voice: 925-820-7262, Fax: 925-820-1259, www.johntreed.com

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