James Randi Sued
Over "Bogus Million Dollar Challenge"...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate
June 28th, 2012
operation is in deep trouble - again.
They are being sued in a Florida federal Court over
their "Million Dollar Challenge."
it is time for a laugh.
On May 10th, 2012 George R.
Simpson, a resident of the Hamptons, a community on
the East end of Long Island, New York, filed suit
(Case 0:12-cv-60817-KMW) in the United States
District Court - Southern District of Florida
against James Randi, DJ Grothe president of
Jamrandal, James Hamilton Zwinge AKA JES Randi
Educational Foundation, and the James Randi
The lawsuit charges the
Defendants with: Fraud; Misrepresentation
and Breach of Contract; Intentional Infliction
of Emotional Distress; Misfeasance, Malfeasance;
Conspiracy (Sect 1985 and 1986); Action for Damages;
and Action for Specific Performance.
George R. Simpson is, according
to court documents, an engineer, inventor,
writer, and businessman. He makes his living,
primarily, from programming and data publishing
businesses in the Real Estate field. Simpson
also owns and operates two websites,
www.etcorngods.com, created to explain and
promote the ET Corn Gods Language and Games.
"Defendant JREF maintains a
"contest'' called "The One Million
Dollar Challenge'', which the website
www.randi.org explains as follows:
'The JREF will pay US $l,000,000 (One
Million US Dollars) (''The Prize ') to
any person who demonstrates any psychic,
supernatural, or paranormal ability
under satisfactory observation.
Such demonstration must take place under
the rules and limitations described in
this document. An applicant can be from
or in any part of the world.
Gender, race, and educational background
are not factors for acceptance.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of
age and legally able to enter into
binding agreements. ''
And the lawsuit
"One objective of Plaintiff's ET Corn
Gods language/game discovery and
documentation (for many years) has been
to apply for, and to win the JREF The
One Million Dollar Challenge."
But, court papers say:
"There was an offer made by Defendant
JREF on the website Randi.org. The
same or slightly changed $1Million
Challenge offer had been accepted,
according to Defendant James Randi,
"over one hundred times'' with other
people who wished to have their
"paranormal claims'' tested.
The Exhibit 1 challenge acceptance and subsequent correspondence
from Defendants to Plaintiff is evidence of the three elements of a
contract: The 1) offer, 2) acceptance and 3) contract compensation.
But when Plaintiff George R. Simpson filed an application for the
$ lMillion Challenge, he was treated in a fraudulent way. Defendants
did not return calls or emails.
When Defendant JREF finally answered by email on April 03, 2012, the
answer evidenced total lack of understanding of Plaintiffs proposed
Note: "protocol'' is the word used in
the JREF $lMillion Challenge to define the testing scheme for each
Why am I laughing?
Because, just below is what I think is the
essence of the case, and the language, I think, explains not only
the Million Dollar Challenge, but the entire "skeptic"
"Defendants claim to be the defender
of scientific and critical thinking
methods, yet they exhibited the
scientific/math sophistication of a
grade school student.
Because of the stonewalling and inactivity of Defendants, Plaintiff
has been forced to sue to compel Defendants to perform as they have
promised in their advertised "One Million Dollar Challenge''.
Defendants have treated Plaintiff in a fraudulent manner and have
misrepresented their offer.
Because Defendants know that Plaintiff Simpson will win the $ l
Million Challenge, Defendants are stonewalling, trying to avoid the
Randi's attorneys already filed a "Motion to
Dismiss," and it fell flat...
Tim Bolen - Consumer