Johnson & Johnson’s Acclarent Sues a Doctor then Doxes Him Allegedly Releasing His Social Security Number in the Complaint
December 15, 2016
Johnson & Johnson’s Acclarent (yes, that one), filed a complaint on December 1, 2016 against Dr. Ford D. Albritton, MD in the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, for breach of contract and for declaratory judgment for patent ownership, derivation, equitable estoppel, non infringement and invalidity of US Patent No. 9,011,412.
Dr. Albritton’s social security number is allegedly released in the complaint. Now ethical people, would assume it must have been a mistake because they could not possibly fathom a huge global conglomerate or the attorneys defending them would ever sink so low as to knowingly and willingly insult, demean, or threaten or intimidate. Days later Dr. Albritton filed a counter suit against Acclarent (personally I’d amend the complain to include, Johnson & Johnson, but that’s just me, a non-attorney thinking out loud).
Fact-based evidence over time is a good indicator of the future, and Johnson & Johnson and Acclarent have a pathological history of unethical and illegal behavior where all accomplices (employers, surgeons, patients & consumers) eventually become victims. It’s not a matter of “if” it’s “when” because companies that consistently use tactics from The Sociopathic Business Model™ are as predictable as the sun coming up tomorrow.
As someone who has successfully sued Johnson & Johnson’s Acclarent, with two lawsuits still pending, the possible release of someone’s social security number is truly disturbing. I’d like to say seeing a social security number released on a complaint was an accidental, but my experiences have taught me differently. While I was under federal seal as a whistleblower, my tax information (which would require someone knowing my social security number) was anonymously leaked on the internet. My Johnson & Johnson/Acclarent personnel file, which contained my social security number would have been made available to the defendants, which included executives at Johnson & Johnson, Acclarent, their attorneys, and the criminal charged defendants William (Bill) Facteau, Patrick (Pat) Fabian and their attorneys.
The tax information being released was unethical and illegal but when my parent’s home, where I was living at the time, was posted on the anonymous industry message board Medtechy*; and, was perceived as threat not only by myself but the FBI. I turned that information over to the FBI along with the IP address of a law firm associated one of the cases mentioned above. The FBI gathers information and seldom shares (unless it’s a manipulation) but once the in their hands of my personal information shockingly stopped appearing on the usual industry site, instantly. The FBI agent assigned to me for five years, Paul, taught me that there are no coincidences and I tend to agree.
Ironically, for the last two days I’ve been working with my attorneys on the interrogatories for my retaliation (wrongful termination) claim against Johnson & Johnson & Acclarent. The company through their attorneys at Covington LLP are requesting documents that will contain personal information, including my social security number. Seeing Dr. Albritton’s personal information “accidentally” doxxed on the internet is a warning to any person who is forcing accountability from a corrupt company to put conditions and terms on the information you turn over as part of discovery. It’s foolish to assume that all companies and attorneys that represent them are ethical just because you are.
*Medtechy agreed to take the image down and this incident caused the site to ethically implement an internal company approval process before images would be released to the internet. Protecting users of an anonymous site