Well this was a wild-goose chase. Most of what is below about ECW is incorrect, because the software is … misleading. Contrary to what I found, Kevmo has not been blocked on ECW, AFAIK, and his posts have not been deleted. He did change accounts, apparently, creating some of the confusion. I’ll explain below. Meanwhile, I’m leaving this because there are tidbits of value. When I’m wrong, I’m happy, because I learn things! I’m also glad I caught this before publishing it. Continue reading “Kevmo toast on E-Cat World?”
This is from a beautiful little sequence on E-Cat World, showing the best of what such a forum can do, and hinting at the worst. Just because it looks hot, I’m leading with the video that was posted:
On my bus trip home from Washington, DC (where I went from Miami), I had plenty of time to read and write comments on E-cat World, where there are many claiming the settlement of the case means that Rossi technology is real. On the other side, here and elsewhere, some are complaining that it is tragic that Rossi v. Darden did not go to trial, because then Rossi would be prevented from “fleecing more sheep,” or the like. Yet all a verdict in that case would have established, almost certainly, was some kind of fraud, on someone’s part, and fraud may have nothing to do with underlying reality. It shows that a judge and/or jury was convinced, which can be a matter of truth, or a matter or skill or lack of skill on the part of attorneys. And then arguments may continue forever.
This is an ECW post that refers to Stanley Meyer. Analogies prove nothing, but provide indications, and there are analogies between Meyer and Rossi. There are also massive signs of pseudoskepticism in the critique of Meyer, and pseudoskepticism is belief, often masquerading as science. Genuine skepticism is essential to science, pseudoskepticism avoids the scientific method. Continue reading “Science, pseudoscience, and legal decisions”
Well, that headline is perhaps a bit dramatic. But, I’ll confess, I was shocked by seeing the following from someone whom I had treated as a friend, long into the past (back in my Wikipedia days), and with whom I had positive correspondence.
I had been considering writing a post about a Lewan blog entry that was mentioned in a comment here.
Rossi’s engineer: ‘I have seen things you people wouldn’t believe’ (November 25, 2015)
After an interesting interview, which reveals that Fabiani clearly believes that Rossi’s work is real — and that he has seen amazing things — Lewan gives this:
Since mid-February 2015, Rossi and his US industrial partner Industrial Heat are running a one-year commercial trial on a customer’s site with a heat plant producing 1 MW. The plant is made up of four 250kW modules, each based on E-Cat technology. Unless something unexpected happens, the trial, which is controlled by a major independent third party certification institute, should be concluded by February or March 2016, and the results should then be presented.
In the comments, Lewan explains a bit:
November 25, 2015 at 11:25
Everyone I have talked to confirm that a major independent third party certification institute is involved in the control of the 1-year test and that this institute will also be able to confirm the results when they are presented. I have no further proof though.
Mats does not tell us — at all — who “everyone I have talked to” is, but we know he talked with Fabiani, who would know of the involvement of a “major independent third party certification institute,” and we know he talked to Levi, who might have known of such. And did he talk with Rossi?
Since there was no such institute involved, only Penon, we know that Lewan relied on unreliable sources. He does acknowledge having no “further proof,” but that’s weak. It implies that the evidence for what he wrote was strong. That’s not the only problem.
IH allowed the installation, but as a sale of power, and only secondarily as a trial, with the idea that if Rossi clearly demonstrated to IH that there was substantial power generated, they might voluntarily pay him $89 million on that basis. The Doral demonstration was not the “Guaranteed Performance Test” of the IH-Rossi-Ampenergo Agreement, because Ampenergo explicitly refused to sign the Second Amendment allowing the GPT to be postponed. Rossi covered up this fact in his Complaint, though it was obvious from the start that the Ampenergo signature was missing. The Rossi attempts, in his pleadings, to convert some kind of vague consent to a test into the specifics of a GPT, even though there were obvious elements of a GPT missing; and not only signatures, but matters of substance, such as the ability of IH to actually observe the “test” in detail. Rossi excluded IH experts, twice (in July and in December).
The whole thing stunk, from lies about the customer at the start, to what appears now to be a hastily-invented “heat exchanger” that nobody saw, and that would have been very visible. Yet Mats is still stuck in his glorious past, where he was the world’s foremost confidant of Andrea Rossi. He wonders about conflict of interest, but has a huge one, a subtle one. When people criticize Rossi, or threaten his interests and plan in some way, he cuts them off, and he had done this over and over, and Mats knows this behavior. If any of the Lugano team had questioned what Levi and Rossi were doing (and Rossi was apparently there the whole time, and the Swedish team, not, not what the Lugano Report implied), they’d have been history.
Mats has never cleaned up that mess. Believe me, if I find a major error here, even years later, I will at least annotate it. That is what a responsible journalist will do, if he or she can.
So then we have this sequence on E-Cat World:
Mats Lewan • Sunday, April 9, 2017 9:54 AM [post time extracted from HTML]
I think there’s a list of advisors to IH somewhere. Anyone remember where it is?
Andreas Moraitis Mats Lewan • a day ago
214-23, p. 7.
That is here. It was actually a list of potential places for investment, and then included a list of advisors. None of this was a description of actual payments. Jed Rothwell is on the list of advisors, and has continually maintained that he has received no payments from IH, but this was used to, once again, accuse him of being paid by IH. He is known to have visited them in North Carolina, and that was then misinterpreted to indicate that he had visited the Plant in Florida (which he has always denied, and which would then make a certain IH response to interrogatories into perjury — unless Rossi arranged the visit, which seems a tad unlikely, given that Rossi excluded Rothwell from visiting him in Italy years before — and in spite of that, behind the scenes, Rothwell was a supporter of Rossi, arguing that people he trusted had seen the technology and it was real). Rothwell later reassessed that opinion, apparently after seeing data from Penon, which had all the obvious defects that have become public now, with the court filings.
Lewan is clearly not using the Rossi v. Darden resources here. They may be searched. The core page is the Docket page. Yes, it’s a huge amount of information. So resources are being created for analysis. That takes time. We just had a huge amount of data dumped on us. Much of it is redundant, but then, much is not.
The best organization is probably found in the Motions for Summary Judgment, where each party puts its best and strongest case forward. I was going to start with an analysis of the Rossi MSJ, but the exhibit references were such a mess (almost all incorrect), and it depended so strongly on a legal claim that has failed, the attempt to exclude all IPH claims based on an allegedly defective corporate deposition, that my opinion became that making it the core of a study would be a waste of time, so I started with RvD: Study of 203:IH Motion for Summary Judgment
This document also includes all the support paragraphs from DE 207. This is the case as it appears from the IH Motion. Anyone who actually wants to understand Rossi v. Darden would do well to study this. But it’s huge, still. I will be going through it, point by point and the first analysis will be looking for what is clearly established as fact, and what is not, what might remain legitimately controversial. At first impression, some of the IH claims are that, not as clear as required for Summary Judgment, they might require determination of fact by a fact-finder, i.e., a jury. However, there are many layers to this IH strategy, and the strongest aspects are likely to blow the Rossi case out of the water, leaving only the counterclaims active. At that point, settlement becomes far more likely.
Now, to come to what astounded me, though I’d certainly seen signs a year ago, that Mats was falling for a conspiracy theory, in spite of his warning to Sifferkoll.
Mats Lewan • a day ago
Anyone knows what the rules are for presenting evidence that hasn’t been brought up earlier, when the case goes up in court in June?
Josh G Mats Lewan • a day ago
Go ask Abd. Double dare you. (-;
Mats Lewan Josh G • a day ago
BTW do we know if Abd works for IH or not?
Once upon a time, Mats was a reporter and would have asked me that question directly. Now he asks with a “we” that is a narrow group of people. IH would obviously know if I work for them, and so would I, so, for starters, I’d be excluded from “we” or the question would be meaningless. This question was brought up many times, and Rossi himself accused me of being a paid puppet.
At one time, Mats was officially staff at LENR Forum. That disappeared. This blog is open for anyone to comment, and author privileges will be granted to real people, and Mats is real. Even if a bit deluded. This went on.
Josh G Mats Lewan • a day ago
Not sure but I don’t think we’ve seen any evidence to support it other than his quixotic behavior on IH’s behalf. But I stopped following things for quite awhile until the mid-March filings. So not sure.
SG Mats Lewan • 19 hours ago
I think he claimed that he has been paid to blog by somebody, but not IH.
I am attempting to respond there, the editor keeps locking up. But this would be it:
I suppose I should correct this. I have not been “paid to blog” by anybody. I was collecting documents and putting them in the filespace for the newvortex list, and an attorney, not connected with IH at all, offered to pay my PACER expenses. I have received a total of $50 so far, I may ask for more, and another person, also not connected with IH other than being long-term interested in LENR, has offered additional support, enough that I will probably be able to go to Miami to cover the trial if it happens. Enough to cover my travel, I may still need more to cover details like hotel.
I later started the blog when I was temporarily banned on LENR Forum, and then got serious about it when the newvortex archive became unusable (a yahoogroup problem) and LF banned me “permanently.” (Fun question: for what?)
One of the functions of the blog is to build analytical resources, as distinct from endless debate that goes nowhere, i.e., Blog Normal. This is intended long-term for general cold fusion issues, but is currently being used for Rossi v. Darden.
Mats would be most welcome as a participant, but he lost his status as a neutral analyst some time ago. He could recover, if he chooses to. It would take some work, and his excuse has been that he is too busy. It would be fun to guide him through the maze of documents in the case. One step at a time, which is rarely done. Mostly people start with conclusions (on more than one side — I hope that readers realize there are more than two “sides” here).
As to Mats’ question, others have answered reasonably, but not necessarily addressing the point clearly, and Mats himself summarizes it incorrectly:
Mats Lewan GiveADogABone • a day ago
In fact, I don’t interpret it as a blanket ban. Rather that most of the evidence is presented during discovery. But it doesn’t exclude some evidence to be presented in court, as long as it doesn’t contradict earlier depositions or testimonials, I guess.
It’s somewhat shocking that Mats will guess, but he declared previously that he did not have time to do actual research, the kind expected for a journalist.
The reality is that witnesses will be on the stand, and either side may ask them questions, and they may answer outside of what they said before. However, if what they say is new, an attorney may object. To introduce new evidence will require the permission of the Judge. It is not exactly a “blanket ban,” but failure to disclose evidence to the other parties can result in sanctions, all the way up to total dismissal of a party’s case.
“Contradiction” is not a characteristic of evidence, but of the assessment of evidence. Evidence could not be excluded based on contradiction. Rather, if there is contradiction in admissible evidence, there can be a question for a jury to resolve.
However, what may not be realized here is that the Motions for Summary Judgment do not necessarily disclose all the evidence. Rather, there is a huge volume of evidence — truly enormous — that was disclosed in discovery. As long as it was disclosed, it may be introduced at trial. What is disclosed in discovery is generally attested under penalty of perjury.
IH has adduced enough evidence, my present opinion — remember, I am in process of studying the materials — to obtain summary judgment on the core claim of Rossi, breach of contract re the $89 million, and if that claim is gone, so is the rest of his lawsuit. Because, then, there would be no trial on that claim, we can expect Rossi to go all-out in his Reply. We do have that Reply at this point, but I have not studied it. I will, comparing each point with the evidence we have.
Drama ensued. See the comments below. Someone apparently spoofed Mats Lewan, using his name and, most importantly, his real email address, so that the avatar displayed would be picked up from Gravatar, which we have enabled. The second post of this user started out more or less innocuously, but then the user edited it to add a gross sexual reference. Mats complained on LENR Forum, which is a bit odd, since I’m banned there and don’t necessarily see everything. However, THHuxleynew pointed out that post here. There are some aspects of possible interest in what ensued.
On LENR Forum, Mats Lewan wrote (creating a new topic)
Abd ulRahman Lomax yesterday posted a blog post at http://coldfusioncommunity.net…ndo-in-cloud-cuckoo-land/ commenting some of my actions and reports.
Under the blogpost there are comments made by Mats Lewan.
These comments are NOT made by me.
They are false and fraudulent, made up in short, and if Abd ulRahman Lomax reads this, I expect him to delete those comments immediately.
Apparently I read the second remark before it was edited to add the truly offensive remark. The rest of the material in those posts matched, at least to a degree, what Mats had posted elsewhere. Impersonation is still a major public offense, not to be tolerated. I might have some view that I might express in one context, but may not want to express it in other contexts, and that should be my right. But trolls may disagree.
Mats – perhaps you could post this on Abd’s site. It will immediately let you do this – I think. Then he would certainly get it, and also he could check IP etc… Furthermore the correction gets seen faster than if you wait for Abd.
THH was completely correct. Mats’ response was relatively unskillful. The basic harm — someone thinking that was him — could be most quickly addressed by Mats himself posting a comment exposing the impersonation, and confirming this by email from his known email address. Because Mats has not posted, his first comment would need to be approved, though it might be approved simply by using that same email address. (It was on his personal domain, and he obviously uses it wherever the gravatar shows up.)
Posting on LENR forum then drew more attention, exactly what trolls often want, and the obscene comment was then repeated there, and obviously was read by moderators who didn’t care.
Alan Smith wrote:
Mats – perhaps you could post this on Abd’s site.
I don’t expect that to happen in a hurry.
Classic Alan Smith, useless snark. Why not? I used to have direct email communication with Mats. Has Mats fallen into a Krivit hole? I will agree in one way, it is odd that Mats did not communicate directly with me. Maybe the fumes on Planet Rossi finally created too much mind-rot. It would also have been somewhat effective if Mats had responded to my comment on E-Cat World, in reply to his question there, since I get notification of responses.
Alan Smith wrote:
I don’t expect that to happen in a hurry.
I’ve done it for him. Though why he should not be able to do it himself is beyond me.
And indeed THH did post here, something actually useful. Alan Smith continues to emit smoke:
Able but unwilling I expect. I would be too.
Yes, Alan would be. Why? For the same reason that Alan Smith banned me from LF: he can’t stand my presence, he knows I can see what he does. So all this does come up:
Abd answered and leaked the IP of the fraudster
[This link is a bit better, juicier. –Abd]
If there is disagreement with Abd, I estimate it is more about Doxxing/Transparency/Shaming vs Privacy than about tolerance to fraud.
Thanks, Alain. Zero tolerance here for fraudulent posting (which is not about disagreements, nor would it be about ordinary socking. Socking that impersonates another is generally illegal, and Mats had good reason to expect me to correct the situation. He wanted me to delete it. Because there were responses, I elected to not delete, but changed the user name to “(spoofed) Mats Lewan,” and used strike-out for the text, only actually deleting the obscenity. I think it is of interest that someone would spoof Lewan, and I think that it could be useful to find out who that would be.
And that is why I revealed the IP. I also have more data, obtained from the server logs. True administration at LENR Forum would very likely be able to identify the fraudster, at least with other accounts. However, what I found was that not only do moderators there not have access to IP information, neither do administrators; someone has server access, and that is probably Barty and the Owner. So if Barty wants to address this, he could. I’d happily correspond with him. I have also provided the information directly to Mats.
This is all standard stuff for WikiMedia Foundation administrators, and I was one. Privacy is respected, but the right to privacy is lost when one commits certain offenses. (Access to normally private IP information is confined to Checkusers and others with that level of privilege on WMF wikis, but any stand-alone blog owner, running on their own domain, has access to that information, it is in the raw server logs.)
I’ve done it for him. Though why he should not be able to do it himself is beyond me.
Abd wouldn’t be able to tell which user is the real one. Mats here has been verified.
Oh, I was able to tell. I already had been suspicious about the IP, but Lewan accessing the internet from student housing wasn’t impossible, so I didn’t reject the post on that basis. Yes. The LF Lewan account is long-standing, thus verified, which I immediately knew; however, at the first plausible allegation of spoofing, I’d have quarantined that post so that it could do no harm, pending resolution. I also have had direct email communication with Lewan, and verification would be trivial.
There is no rush, but perhaps, out of this, Lewan will start to help clean up the mess that he helped to create. I’d be happy to assist. One easy step at a time.
Planet Rossi is enshrouded in fog. Some of the fog may be deliberately produced, of the nature of FUD; however, much of it is simply wishful thinking that interprets evidence in certain ways, and is not even aware of the interpretation, it imagines it is declaring fact.
The Request for Hearing filed by Rossi on Tuesday is seeking a Protective Order. The Motion is extremely brief. The title:
NOTICE OF HEARING (add-ons – to be heard if time permits)
And then the text is in a box, unusual as well:
Plaintiffs’ Motion for Protective Order As to the Depositions of J.M. Products, Inc., United States Quantum Leap, LLC, Fulvio Fabiani, and The Boeing Company
There is no clue what this is about. There are, as discussed, two kinds of Protective Order. The one that there is a stipulation about is about protecting disclosed information, already disclosed. This may be different, this may be attempting to prevent information from being disclosed, and, if so, it does make sense that this would not be described in public, more than it has been.
On E-Cat World, Frank Acland posted:
I believe this is the first time I have heard mention of Boeing in connection with Rossi, and Boeing has not been brought up in the court case until now. The only possible connection that I can think of is that Rossi has said in the past that he had been doing some kind of research involving a jet engine, and there was some kind of connection with an aerospace company — but as usual he was pretty vague about it all.
It sounds like whatever the depositions here are, that Rossi’s team is seeking a protective order, which means they don’t want the information in the depositions to be made public. So we might not find out what Boeing’s involvement might be. But it’s interesting to see them mentioned.
This was reasonable speculation.
We know Rossi was investigating the use of the QuarkX output for jet engines. Boeing most likely would have just consulted Rossi on what output, tolerance, and other design conditions would be necessary to work with different jet engine designs, and seen the data regarding all that. Maybe they even went as far as doing simulations. This would explain why Boeing is appearing on the Leonardo’s third parties’ side of the table.
What I notice is “Leonardo’s third parties’ side of the table.” There is no indication of Boeing being on “Rossi’s side.” Rossi previously opposed subpoenas for uninvolved parties (ie., his bank, and the telephone service provider).
According to Dewey Weaver (investor in IH and good friend of Thomas Darden) Boeing was testing the E-Cat together with IH: (LENR Forum link).
Well done, barty. Straight information, clearly attributed, including the affiliation of Dewey. How this was taken:
This is the first we have heard of this… Dewey is also extremely biased (monetarily and personally! Can’t get more biased than that) and has already heavily and intentionally mislead with statements about this case many times before, as we have seen as more data is released (as well as used absurd ignorance/hyperbol like the place melting and the heat being visible from space).
That’s a personal attack without evidence. “…. heavily and intentionally mislead.” I have never seen an example of that. Dewey is not a careful witness, writing like a scientist. He is, as stated, a friend of Darden and an investor — and a consultant for Industrial Heat. This is not any secret, and it’s obvious. Dewey has strong opinions. However, this would be a simple fact, the relationship of IH and Boeing. (The place melting would be hyperbole; it merely would get too hot for human habitation, if a megawatt were being dissipated in that warehouse without heat handling equipment, so … what was “misleading” about a little hyperbole, easily recognized as such or at least marginal? Some stuff might have melted, in fact, with a megawatt. Don’t carry a chocolate bar into the place! I don’t recall seeing that statement, but Dewey wrote quite a lot on Mats’ blog and elsewhere. “Visible from space” is quite possible, for a megawatt dissipated in a warehouse. Depends on what one was looking with, of course, but that much heat should be visible in the IR from a satellite, and, in fact, it is quite possible that IH purchased such images instead of hiring a helicopter, which is what I’d thought they might have done. If Dewey said “visible from space,” I’d certainly consider it possible! It makes sense, but not to someone who will knee-jerk reject anything from such a biased source.
In short, I don’t believe him or anyone till we get more actual information.
There is no basis for considering it a lie. It’s testimony, “information.” Sure, one may want to see corroboration, but if we consider the side Ged is arguing on, the constant flow of disinformation from Rossi, with a series of clear lies, exposed by uncontroverted evidence, and this comment about Dewey stands out in its full ridiculousness. Sure. Wait and see … but meanwhile, what is stronger, baseless speculations or actual testimony from someone likely to know?
Could be Boeing just made or leased some important piece of equipment and that is the extent of their involvement, or gave some consulting not directly related to the E-cat (like consulting on how to build a jet engine), and much less than actually testing one. Considering they are showing up on Rossi’s side and not being brought out by IH, that also is suggestive (could be they are the ones behind JMP in that case, that is how baseless we can speculate with such meager info on this surprise appearance).
One could speculate endlessly, it is always possible. However, none of these are at all reasonable in the sense of being substantially likely. Further, Rossi has actually commented on this, and this more or less nails it.
It’s hilarious: his attorneys have told him over and over, he claims, not to comment on the case, but …. he does.
Dr Rossi, Now there comes a new claim that Boeing tested the Ecat for/with IH, and it did not work for them, were you present during this demonstration?
Now, Rossi lies, so we cannot assume this is true. However, take it straight: Rossi did not know of the relationship with Boeing “until the litigation.” This matches Dewey’s story, this was between IH and Boeing. Then, of course, Rossi introduces his meme about $250 million from UK and China, which has, so far, no support. He continues the drumbeat about Cherokee being involved, when it has been Industrial Heat from the beginning. Yes, Darden got entree by being Cherokee principals, but Cherokee would have no business investing in Rossi. This was something Darden and Vaughn wanted to do, personally — and obviously.
Now, this is fascinating: If Rossi doesn’t know anything about the testing (probably not “demo”) — and I would expect IH to have arranged fully independent testing, with Rossi not present, very much with Rossi not present! — then why a Protective Order motion?
This was last-minute, tacked into today’s hearing. If there is a difficult issue, I’d expect a temporary Order while they argue it.
One thing is clear from the Rossi comment, assuming he is not lying. This was not about Rossi and Boeing collaborating in some way. All that speculation was just typical Planet Rossi, as Dewey pointed out on LENR Forum:
Bob – they’ll continue to create alternate realities as long as they possibly can. Fake news is real news on Planet Rossi.
Update, February 10, 2017:
“Darius” asked again.
February 9, 2017 at 1:34 PM
Dr Rossi, According to the source on LENRForum, IH did in fact present a ecat to Boeing and that it did not work. That would seem highly unusal that the priciple engineer was not part of such an important presentation?
For those who don’t know colloquial English, definition of kablooey.
For those who need it spelled out:
Mediation reached an impasse. There has been some misunderstanding. Attendance at this mediation conference was obligatory. Coming to an agreement was not obligatory, and the mediator will not criticize the parties, generally, if they showed up and appeared to be participating in good faith, which could still be quite stubborn.
IH filed a motion to extend certain deadlines, adding 60 days to the dates set by the Judge in D.E. 23. These remain before the trial date set in that Order, but the latest deadline is only two days before the “calendar call” on June 20, 2016. See below for more implications.
With the motion for extension, IH attached copies of emails involving Rossi, Bass, and J.M. Products. Summary:
A discussion on E-catworld, about the ownership of J.M. Products, brought up Industrial Heat, casting suspicion on their behavior. Continue reading “Questions about Industrial Heat”
What is “Planet Rossi”? This was originally a pejorative term, apparently coined by Dewey Weaver, for the community that “believes in” Andrea Rossi’s work. However, I recommend to those who support Rossi that they accept the language. “Planet” really just means a community. Human communities will have characteristics, but individual “members” may vary greatly.
There are two hearts to Planet Rossi. The first heart is the Rossi blog, which is how Rossi uses the Journal of Nuclear Physics, regularly commenting there in comments that don’t necessarily have anything to do with the article they are appended to. This is almost the only regular information as to what “Rossi Says.”
The other is E-catworld.com (ECW), apparently founded by Frank Acland, who authors most posts. While critics of Andrea Rossi often think that commentary on ECW is heavily censored, I have not personally found that to be so.
The occasion for this post, today, is a discussion on ECW of the recent disclosure of “interested parties” by J.M. Products, see Does Rossi’s “customer” matter?
Continue reading “In the heart of Planet Rossi”
LENR G • 7 days ago
Such a misrepresentation in the license agreement spells real trouble for Rossi & co.
This assumes that the possible misleading statement was in the License Agreement. That has been a common error. It was in a document signed by Johnson about two years after the License Agreement was created. It was probably included accidentally with Rossi’s Exhibit filed with his Complaint. There was very likely a misrepresentation there, by the preponderance of the evidence (POTE) at this point. Really, JMP was Johnson, see The owner of JM Products and Does Rossi’s “customer” matter?
SG LENR G • 7 days ago
Perhaps so. But that assumes that JMC wasn’t owned by an entity formed in the United Kingdom at the time of entering into the license agreement. Circumstances can certainly change with time.
Again, the error about the License Agreement. The Johnson certification was two years later. This was the sequence, as described in the pages linked above.
JMC was incorporated with Johnson as sole incorporator. A few days later, Rossi proposed the sale of power to JMC. A few days later, the trust was created that is now disclosed as the only other “interested party.” A few days later, agreements were being signed with IH.
The trust is a Florida entity, almost certainly, basically some papers held by Johnson, the trustee. A trustee has title to any property and full control, but is obligated to manage it for the benefit of the beneficiary. The trust was clearly created to be the owner, to allow Johnson to claim that it wasn’t him. There was no operating manufacturing company.
LENR G SG • 7 days ago
The saving scenario I guess would be that the parent UK company wanted no part of this circus and divested itself before this statement and JMP/Fabiani agreed to keep them out of it.
Smells like a reach to me…
…but I guess we’ll have to see what else comes out. If Rossi & co. were acting in a fraudulent way, at least when it came to the 1 year test, then there will be many more indications.
Indeed, a reach. There was never a parent UK company or “entity.” If there was, why was the trust formed? … and there are other indications, many. Or maybe the beneficiary lives in the U.K. The appearance is clear: this was all set up to create a “customer” so that Rossi could have full control.
Pekka Janhunen LENR G • 7 days ago
“Owned by an entity formed in the UK” and “having no parent corporation” are not necessarily contradictory. For example it could be some foundation which is based in the UK and which owned/owns the company. Or, as someone suggested, the ownership could have changed meanwhile. Every company is owned by some legal entity, the question is then if there was a connection to the UK, and if not, is it relevant.
Pekka is correct. For most purposes, Johnson was the owner of JMC, but pursuant to a trust with Johnson as the trustee, and both were formed by Johnson, a Florida attorney, and, what a coincidence, the President of Leonardo Corporation! All this is going to lead to more discovery by IH, as soon as the 3rd Party MTD is dismissed, as I expect.
LENR G Pekka Janhunen • 7 days ago
Any owners would have a financial interest in the outcome which are listed in the same document. The only possibility, really, aside from the individuals named in the conspiracy is Platinum American Trust.
So I guess maybe Platinum American Trust was formed in the United Kingdom and named Henry Johnson its trustee. As a trust it would not be a corporation, so there’s that. Designating Johnson as the trustee would allow them to keep their anonymity. So maybe JM after all?
We need to find out what we can about this PAT entity. Is it just some shell set up by Henry Johnson to make things look more real to IH? Is it UK based? Who are the owners and officers? Is there any public info on it? Some light googling turns up nothing.
EDIT: and who is Francesco Di Giovanni, beneficiary of said trust?
We will see some speculation here, the usual. The trust was formed a few days after Rossi suggested the agreement with JMC, a few days after JMC was incorporated by Johnson.
wpj LENR G • 7 days ago
Guess what company controls the Pt market…………
And SG takes the bait:
SG wpj • 7 days ago
Okay, I give, which one?
wpj SG • 7 days ago
Same one that publishes the “Platinum Metals Review” and hosts the annual Platinum “fix” dinner in London.
I.e., Johnson Matthey.
JustKidding LENR G • 7 days ago
“Francesco Di Giovanni, the beneficiary of the Platinum American Trust dated effective as of July 14, 2014”
According to Linkedin there’s one “Francesco Di Giovanni” with this Experience:
There are 58 Francesco Di Giovannis on LinkedIn. Most are in Italy. This is the one JustKidding was just kidding about: LinkedIn profile.
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January 2012 – December 2014 (3 years)Bari Area, Italy
July 14, 2014, this “Francesco Di Giovanni” worked for Thermocold Costruzioni S.r.l., so obviously Thermocold is the secret customer of J.M. Products and it hides behind an UK Entity “Platinum American Trust”. lol
“Obviously,” yes. LOL! Not impossible: Di Giovanni was visiting Florida in 2014, and was in Johnson’s office, and this plan was hatched….
“Innovative systems for heating and air conditioning”
Thermocold is not a chemical manufacturing company, at all. Nor would they be likely to be using platinum products. Nor were they in the U.K. It is not clear that it really matters who Mr. Di Giovanni is. The basic fact here is that the owner was a trust totally controlled by Johnson as trustee, owning a company totally controlled by Johnson. If this was not a clear violation of the disclosure Johnson signed, it was nevertheless misleading, because the goal of those disclosures was frustrated, and the owner was not actually independent, functionally, from Johnson and Rossi.
Ophelia Rump LENR G • 7 days ago
Had you considered the possibility that they recently separated from the parent company since the test so that the parent company can just walk away.
roseland67 Ophelia Rump • 7 days ago
That is certainly a possibility, but I don’t think even you believe it do you.
It is apparent that the trust was created to be the owner of JMC, back in 2014. Avoiding the obvious gets Rube Goldberg here.
wpj • 7 days ago
So, what about the three reactors that were being built for the parent company? Another fabrication?
No response appeared.
Curbina • 7 days ago
This quickly became a sign of triumph for people that thinks that Rossi is a con man. I certainly hink it does not look good, and I hope this does not means what It seems at face value. But it does indeed look very bad for Rossi, at least from my point of view.
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Mark • 7 days ago
What the hell kind of games are being played, here? This is getting pretty absurd. It’s been more than five years, now, and we’re still awaiting a single entity to come out and say, unequivocally, that it works and that they are using it. We were hoping for the parent company of J. M. Products, and, now, they’re claiming that is doesn’t even exist? This is starting to sound like a Kafka novel, and it’s really starting to piss me off!
barty Mark • 6 days ago
barty is a lenr-forum.com administrator.
Either that (a company coming out and saying it works), or an entity coming out saying that it doesn’t work.
One of both it must be. But even IH is not clearly saying that Rossi has nothing.
They don’t say that because they don’t know that. From their claims, what they know is that with some years of effort, they were unable to find excess heat using Rossi technology. That he doesn’t have anything is only one possibility, though some may think this likely. They also claim that the Doral “test” was a sham, fraudulent. They also suspect that the Validation test in 2014 was likewise fraudulent, and they cast major doubt on the Lugano test, which was already in trouble due to serious — and obvious, in hindsight — errors.
This is strange, because IH could end this (very expensive) curt case by simply providing evidence that Rossi has nothing and faked all data.
But they don’t. Why?
If barty thinks they have not provided evidence, he has not been paying attention. He’s looking for an extreme that might never be possible. The case does not hinge on whether or not Rossi has “anything.” It hinges on two basic issues: first, was the Doral demonstration/sale of power a “General Performance Test” under the Agreement as amended? If not, end of Rossi’s case, but IH still would have a countersuit running. If so, then the second question does become if the Plant actually performed as stated by Penon, and essentially whether it generated a megawatt 24/7 as required, i.e., with allowed exceptions.
The fraudulent representation evidence relates to the first issue, because if there was fraud involved in setting up a GPT, that could invalidate it. But the GPT claim of Rossi is in trouble even without any fraud claims, because it appears that there never was an explicit setting in writing of the test start date, as very clearly required in the Second Amendment that allowed postponement. It looks like Rossi tried to do an end run around that requirement, at the same time arranging for the test to be under his complete and personal control, which defeats the concept of a GPT.
There are a few options:
– IH has no evidence to show that Rossi has nothing
– IH knows that Rossi has something working, but no rights on the IP
– IH wants to bleed Rossi financially dry by stretching this curt case into length
Actually, most delay has been introduced by Rossi. The trial date was set long ago, though, and I don’t know that this date will be missed. See 0023-0_order_setting_schedule Trial set for period of 6/26/2017… Rossi’s Motions to Strike and to Dismiss were ill-advised; his discovery requests have been a massive fishing expedition, looking for evidence that he didn’t have when filing, it appears.
We already know of evidence that the Doral plant wasn’t generating a megawatt, most notably the lack of equipment (which would be obvious and noisy) to dissipate a megawatt of power. IH does not need, at this state of the case, to disclose publicly all the evidence they have (but they must disclose it to the other side in discovery).
They have full rights to not only the original IP, but also Quark-X, or any other “competing technology” Rossi develops, based on the Agreement. Nonpayment does not cancel the agreement, Rossi’s declaration was legally meaningless. (Unless the agreement provides for that, and it did not.) Rossi could still arrange a genuine GPT if he wished, and if IH refused, he could demand specific performance. I.e, a court could order them to set a date, under reasonable conditions.
Rossi sold those rights for $10 million plus the opportunity to earn another $89 million, which still exists. And if he actually did it, IH would gladly raise that money and give it to him, I’d predict.
Mark barty • 6 days ago
Well, whatever the case is, it’s going on too damn long, especially since, if this is the real deal, it could be revolutionary.
This is generally the case with LENR. Several years ago, I started writing about Plans A and B. Plan A was that an inventor or innovative company comes up with a product that hits the market. (And, of course, that it works!) Plan A is really cool. I don’t need to do anything, the work will be done by someone else. Unless I can invest in Plan A, an exception. I am not in a position to do that, no matter how good it looks!
I saw that Plan A, as applied to Rossi, was dangerous, for all the obvious reasons! Even if his devices actually work, there are a million ways to fail. So we needed an alternate plan.
Plan B is to establish the reality of cold fusion by cleaning up the research, doing what has been needed for 25 years. Much of this was already done, but … not well presented, and, perhaps due to funding shortcomings, was not as thorough as might be desired. So…. write about this, and that, I could do, and did. Plan B is working, the basic research has been very adequately funded and is being done.
Probably, IH’s adventure with Rossi is over. Effectively, the “crushed the tests.” That is, they did whatever they could to make sure, one way or another. So IH, funded by IHHI, the parent company, is now facilitating basic research, for the most part. They may or may not have any investments in commercial efforts. They aren’t saying, but we know about the blue-sky research support of Kim, Hagelstein, and I don’t think the Letts support is secret. I assume there are others. Certain scientists have ended up with stock in IHHI, which is a clue.
Gerard McEk • 6 days ago
There has always been something suspicious about this ‘customer’.
Rossi would have had a very strong case if this ‘customer’ were a real company that could testify the amount of heat delivered.
Indeed. He still would have had to obtain explicit consent for the start of the GPT. The apparent lack of genuine consent, where it was explicit that this needed to be through a document signed by “all parties” (which would include Ampenergo), is the weakest part of the Rossi claim, and it is fundamental. My opinion is that without that consent, the Rossi claim is dead, his case is not winnable. So he is scouring through as many as 100,000 pages of documents disclosed by IH, looking for a smoking gun.
What do we know about this ‘customer’?
Let’s look at each point. I am always suspicious of knowledge that is claimed without sources. Rossi says things that are readily misinterpreted — or that create “plausible deniability.” I.e., “I didn’t mean what you thought!” Here, no sources are given. I will react based on my memory, which can be flawed. If I think of them, I’ll cite some sources. Here on this blog, it’s easy for me to find and cite the Rossi v. Darden case pages, which are reasonably authoritative once one understands the difference between claims and evidence and conclusory statements.
1. AR met him as another client of his attorney.
He said that. We have a probable owner, a trust, which was created after Rossi proposed the move to Florida, which was after Johnson incorporated JMC (which was renamed JMP later). The trustee of the trust is Johnson. It is not impossible that the beneficiary was met in Johnson’s office. However, this is clear: JMC was not an established chemical manufacturing company needing heat. As Gerard comes to, the Rossi proposal comes before the “owner” appears. From all the evidence put together, this was planned from the beginning, when Johnson incorporated “J.M. Chemical Products,” and the intention was likely to hint affiliation with Johnson Matthey. It all happened very quickly, within a few weeks.
2. After the test the ‘customer’ was identified as JM products.
We, the public, only found out when Rossi v. Darden was filed, well after the end of the “test,” due to that inadvertent inclusion of the JMC certification signed by Johnson. The customer was clearly J.M. Products, renting the warehouse, and with the “secret customer area” where the steam went and from which hot water was returned, and their name on the door. IH, of course, knew it was JMC when the Term Sheet was negotiated and signed in 2014. (About a month later, JMC was renamed as J.M. Products.)
3. Now we know JM products is not related.
J.M. Products was the “customer.” That’s clear.
4. During the test AR said several times that the ‘customer’ was satisfied.
I think he did.
5. After the test AR said that the ‘customer’ would buy three of these plants.
I think he wrote that, also. What does this tell us about Rossi Says? By the end of the “test,” Rossi knew that he was not going to be paid.
6. AR is rather secretive about the manufacture/status of these three plants.
It is unlikely that any are being built. Rossi built one plant in 2011, I think it was. It was then the subject of various rumors, and it ended up with IH — it is what they bought for $1.5 million, and then it was at the Doral plant for backup. Now, as a sale of power, backup would make sense. As a GPT, it makes no sense at all. In a GPT, it is the Plant that is being tested, not the general technology. However, this might be moot. We know that the Plant did not operate at full capacity all the time, according to the JMP invoice requests. I’m not seeing that the definition of the GPT was actually followed … but it was unclear, and it could have been considered, looking at the simple language, “success” if with 10 watts of input, the device put out 60, because there was no power specification, only COP, a Rossi obsession.
7. IH has never met the ‘customer’.
Which, of course, conflicts with #1. However, Rossi is not careful with language. He may have met someone in the office who represented “the customer.”
8. …(maybe others can add?)
Who/what is the ‘customer’?
I would suggest that AR and ‘somebody’ joined to establish a temporary company that would manufacture something using the heat or (more likely) dump the generated heat, just to speed-up the last phase of the contract with IH. (AR has said that IH didn’t come with a suitable candidate, so he organized it himself). AR said also that the ‘customer’ measured the delivered heat.
If this temporary joint venture is indeed the case and the heat is dumped, then it weakens AR’s court case, because the heat data can be manipulated. If the ‘customer’ really made heat consuming products, then the case is stronger if the required heat can be calculated from the products and independently verified.
He noticed. That possibility is plausible. There may have been an intention to use the heat for manufacturing something, but they were not really in the chemical business and never got around to it. JMP was the customer and provided invoice requests stating that these were the power delivered. However, they were impossibly round numbers, this was not measured. It was almost certainly taken from Rossi Says.
Unless perhaps they were making water from ice (which would have absorbed the entire megawatt, but with a lot of ice coming in the door and a lot of water going down the drain), most of the heat ends up in the environment. Endothermic reactions are not generally efficient. However, any products actually being sold from JMP would be a strengthening of the defense of JMP against the fraudulent inducement claim.
clovis ray Gerard McEk • 6 days ago
I’m sure there are awnsers to all your list of qustions ,
They will be awnsered in time . What i would do is try and keep a lid on the whole affair until court day no need helping the other side.
Which side is the “other side”? And how does discussion here help or hurt the parties? If discussion brings out something that was missed, that can be established with evidence in court, wouldn’t we want that to happen? Do we care about the truth?
Gerald Gerard McEk • 6 days ago
If you read the mail from AR about finding the customer, a masterpiece etc and to go on like IH did. For me there’s only one conclusion, IH knew what was going on and agreed with it, maybe they hide now behind laws and contract lines but you just don’s invest this kind of money without fact checking. They just let it go for what ever reason. It is probably dirty from both sides, or not and AR did not show his cards. I think the story isn’t over, there are just to many things that just are not logical.
Life is not logical. And investors like IH are very unusual. Most of us have never met people like them, in spite of what some here claim. For them, this was not a very large sum of money, all things considered. They knew it was risky. My sense is that the Rossi investment, and how they handled it impressed Woodford, so their own $20 million (the stock offering, probably all spent on the Rossi agreement — $11.5 million — and the rest on attempting to develop the technology, then turned into $50 million, and Woodford knows that this will all be spent, that more investment will be required. Maybe a lot more. This is LENR, which, if it can be made practical — the huge question, not reality — could be worth a trillion dollars per year. While their lawyers have claimed technicalities, so have Rossi’s lawyers, and lawyers do that. The substance, however, of the Agreement laid out certain requirements and it is looking like Rossi not only did not satisfy them, but attempted to trick IH. Did IH realize that? Maybe. It’s not impossible at all. But what then, what would they do? I suggest that what they did may have been quite a decent choice. I would have had them invoice JMP for the roughly $300,000 in power reports. I think their attorneys told them not to. Done properly, though, this would have had some great effects! Among other things, tracing money is pretty easy for an operation like JMP!
Vinney Gerald • 6 days ago
I think you nailed it, I think IH thought that Performance Test as arranged by Rossi was playing out to their advantage. With $89 million at stake they knew what was happening next door with a pin-hole camera through the roof. I think we are seeing both sides playing us, the lawyers and the COURT. But of the course, their is always the ‘greater good’ and that is in Rossi camp.
Highly unlikely they had a pinhole camera, nor would they need one. They had Barry West there, for starters. They also had Fabiani, contractually obligated to keep them informed. In fact, Rossi has written many times that Fabiani was their “man.” It’s a great example of how to lie with the truth, it’s done all the time.
peacelovewoodstock • 6 days ago
Much sound and fury signifying nothing. A “Certificate of Interested Parties” is a tool that a court uses to avoid conflicts of interest, such as that the judge has some financial interest in the outcome (e.g. via shared ownership in a parent corporation of one of the parties to a suit).
There is NO conflict with the self-certification by JMP on the license agreement. As others have noted, an ‘entity’ does not necessarily mean a corporation.
Well, “NO” conflict is an exaggeration. First of all, this self-certification — which, I repeat, was not part of the License Agreement — was part of a set of representations to IH implying a corporate parent in the U.K., specifically Johnson Matthey. From the disclosure, we now have a strong implication that there was no corporate parent, then or now, and the owner was not a “U.K. entity.” The owner was, in fact, a trust with Johnson as trustee, such that Johnson exercised the full powers of an owner. This is quite different from what was implied. The sequence of incorporation, description of the customer as a chemical manufacturing company, formation of the trust as what is now the apparent owner, and then the agreement with IH, all very quickly … and followed quickly by the move of the Plant to Florida, shows that the chemical manufacturing company was a myth, a sham, and at best an idea or plan. Created by Johnson and Rossi.
PLW is correct as to the purpose of the interested parties filing. It happens to reveal something that we are otherwise interested in, which was already strongly suspected. JMP was a shell, a pretense that someone or something else was truly involved, rather than just Rossi and Johnson. A trust was perfect for ownership, allowing Johnson to represent that he was not an owner (because of the trust being the owner, a distinction without a difference. It does make a difference for tax purposes, if I’m correct.)
Billy Jackson • 6 days ago
Another lesson for all of us to stop jumping to conclusions. If my memory is correct it was us on these forums that made the connections and we have some how turned our guess work into fact? and then have the audacity to be angry that we are wrong?.
Even now the relationship with JM Products is unclear. Our best case would be to watch events unfold without jumping to more conclusions until we have a clear picture.
I’m always amused by those who say, essentially, we are ignorant so we should shut up, who then don’t shut up, but tell others what they should do.
Jackson has not defined what “relationship” he is talking about. He might mean the relationship between “JMC” and “JM Products.” However, that’s clear. J.M. Chemical Products was formally renamed to J.M. Products in September, 2014. See the history of JM Products and the name change.
I do have some sympathy with the idea here about ignorant discussion, but the basic problem is that when discussion takes place within a self-selected community with a particular bent, various ideas get stated that are consistent with the general opinions of that community, that are then remembered and later asserted as fact. Very human.
roseland67 Billy Jackson • 6 days ago
I think it was January 17, 2011, when I first saw people jumping to conclusions.
Pekka Janhunen roseland67 • 6 days ago
Jumping to conclusions is not good, but on the other hand there is Akin’s law number 9: Not having all the information one needs doesn’t imply that one shouldn’t start the analysis. (http://spacecraft.ssl.umd.edu/… )
Akin’s Laws of Spacecraft Design. Nice.
roseland67 Pekka Janhunen • 6 days ago
And after 6 years what does your analysis of available data suggest?
Pekka Janhunen roseland67 • 5 days ago
Truth theory consistent with data, scam theories have thus far run into inconsistencies.
What data is Pekka looking at? What does “truth” mean? Is it true that Rossi is a fraud, or is it a scam that IH tried to foist on Rossi to steal his IP?
What data “suggests” to us is typically what we already believe, because we select and filter data to consider according to our preconceptions. It’s difficult to move beyond this, but that is the core of the scientific method. I would suggest that Pekka is not looking for evidence that, for example, Rossi routinely lies. The lawsuit evidence is full of such, and to deny it requires Rube Goldberg stretches.
The usual “inconsistency” that scam theories run into is based on an assumption that “he’d have to be crazy to try to pull this off!” — therefore there must be some other explanation. Yet human beings can be crazy, it’s not uncommon at all!
That he could be crazy doesn’t mean that he has nothing, and the idea that it must be one (all truth!) or the other (all lies!) is an obvious distortion of the full realm of possibilities. Crazy people can be right about this or that, and sometimes they are so right about something that it drives them crazy, or pushes them over an edge, the classic example is Ignaz Semmelweiss.
roseland67 Pekka Janhunen • 5 days ago
I agree but just the opposite
clovis ray Billy Jackson • 6 days ago
Dr.R has been honest as possible and i have been around and seen a mountain of data and papers, patents, post,videos ,books. For years and he has always kept thing above the board. He is a great scientist and inventor. Hilt in the highest regard by many many very well known men of science.
From what clovis has written elsewhere, he is not interested in, ah, investigating truth, because it might hurt his hero’s chances in court. It won’t. What we write on these blogs will have very little effect on Rossi v. Darden. It might have some effect, not necessarily a large one, on what happens when Rossi v. Darden is resolved. However, in case he or someone else cares, I recommend reading 0029-12_exhibit_12 Rossi email September 10, 2012 re Hydro Fusion — the email from Rossi to IH about the Hydro Fusion test in 2012, and then reconsidering “above the board,” or “above board” which would be colloquial English.
If one has access to it, there is coverage of that incident in Lewan’s An Impossible Invention, pp. 243-249. Someone is lying about something, and Rossi essentially claims in the email that he was deceptive, and he calls that a “masterpiece” in Exhibit 13.
For the IH complaint paragraph about these emails and Rossi’s response, see paragraph 66 in Rossi Answer Merge with IH Claims. If those emails were inauthentic, he would have said so.
There are still supporters of Rossi who excuse his actions, but fewer and fewer who write like clovis has written above, which is face-palm denial.
Abd Ul-Rahman Lomax Billy Jackson • 3 days ago
People are speculating here who are not familiar with the evidence, and what has been said by commenters at various times gets all mixed up with fact. Above, I linked to a page where information on this is being accumulated, with links to evidence. Briefly, though, the sequence was, in 2014,
June 24, Johnson incorporated J.M. Chemical Products. with only himself named.
July 5, Rossi suggests rental of the IH Plant to this company.
July 14, the Platinum American Trust is formed, with Johnson as Trustee and Francesco Di Giovanni as beneficiary. From the disclosure, it appears that PAT is the putative owner, there is no other (other than Johnson).
July 28, a Confidentiality Agreement was executed between IH, and JMC.
August 13, the “Term Sheet” is created, an agreement between IH, Rossi, and Johnson on behalf of JMC.
In August, as well, according to IH, the otherwise-undated compliance certificate was signed by Johnson containing the statement that JMC was owned by an “entity formed in the United Kingdom.”
While there are other possibilities, it is highly unlikely that a trust formed in the United Kingdom would have a Florida attorney as trustee. How important is this? It is a piece of circumstantial evidence that indicates that JMC (name changed to J.M. Products in September) was not an operating chemical company, but was set up specifically to create the Doral demonstration or test. IH alleges in paragraph 74 that the certification was false, see http://coldfusioncommunity.net/rossi-answer-merge-with-ih-claims/ and you can see Rossi’s answer there.
Let’s see, anything to critique here? Funny, no, I wrote that three days ago and haven’t yet noticed a problem. But I can thank Frank Acland for approving it, as he has approved well over 99% of my posts, including some, recently, with links to coldfusioncommunity.net. I will probably be adding more as I have specific pages here of possible interest to ECW readers.
radvar Abd Ul-Rahman Lomax • 2 days ago
That link is a great read. The “point/counterpoint” format really brings the competing claims to life.
The following comment is inserted, copied after the other comments here:
Abd Ul-Rahman Lomax radvar • a day ago
Thanks. It was a day’s work. I also compiled a Merge document for the Rossi Complaint and IH Answer, see http://coldfusioncommunity.net/ih-answer-merge-with-rossi-claims/ and these Merge documents include links to relevant Exhibits.
I also comment extensively on the case in blog pages, http://coldfusioncommunity.net/category/planet-rossi/rossi-v-darden/
Comments and especially corrections are welcome.
I had realized that without this kind of merged document, it was ridiculously difficult to understand many of the Answers. So … I created them to make it much easier.
Sandy • 6 days ago
It might be the case that J.M. Products, Inc. initially had a parent company that was formed in the United Kingdom but that the parent company has been dissolved and that J.M. Products, Inc. is now independent.
It’s highly unlikely, because of what I point out:
Abd Ul-Rahman Lomax Sandy • 2 days ago
It was apparently owned by the declared trust from the beginning, it looks like the trust was formed to be the owner, giving Johnson total defacto control. It will be maybe a month before we see Johnson’s Answer.
radvar • 6 days ago
This is not about popping a balloon with a pinprick. Unless you already fear that the Doral test is a balloon.
How relevant is the “owned by entity” statement? Rossi’s attorney’s could simply claim that Rossi made an error (unless there is another explanation). It would not be the first time a “Rossi-ism” was put in writing. It would be difficult to prove that it was an intentional misrepresentation.
It’s part of a pattern. First of all, this wasn’t Rossi, it was Johnson. Rossi supported it, for sure, but the statement was by Johnson. That it was included with the Agreement, Exhibit B, though it was executed two years later, was pointed out as an error by me, I don’t know when, it may have been six months ago. But users have not necessarily read old discussion. This error was perpetuated by Acland’s post, though. Just the other day, I separated out the declaration from the Agreement, so that it may be separately linked. It had nothing to do with the Agreement, except it probably ended up in the same file folder in Rossi’s possession, with his marked up Agreement. Funny, maybe I’m superstitituous, I would not mark up a $100 million Agreement. I’d immediately make a copy and mark that up if I wanted. I’d keep the original under lock and key. And, of course, I’d take it to an attorney and get advice on all the ins and outs of it. But I’m obviously not Andrea Rossi.
And in any case it would be ludicrous for IH to claim that one such misstatement is evidence of a general intent to commit fraud, or that the entire contract should be nullified because of that single point.
A pattern of “misstatements” can show intention to commit fraud, and no pattern can be shown without showing, first, one example. In fact, IH, legally only needs to make the claim, and they must assert that some kind of evidence exists. That could be purely verbal, by the way. Rossi has no evidence of intention to commit fraud on the part of IH, other than what he claims they told him. Claimed verbal evidence, and I was a little surprised that much of the suit wasn’t thrown out over the Statute of Frauds, which, BTW, doesn’t have to do with frauds but with preventing weak fraud claims, years later, based on alleged conversations that might be poorly remembered or even imagined as self-justifying inventions. Under some circumstances, even one misstatement, established, could evidence fraud. However, this particular point would not be enough, by itself, to “nullify a contract,” and IH has not attempted to nullify the contract. Rossi has, but not in court, in court he is trying to enforce the contract. So the whole approach here is a bit confused.
It is a complicated case, it’s easy to become confused.
Judges look through language to see reason, reality and material interests. That particular statement is one of many elements of the overall agreement, which is an agreement on an exchange of value. It is not feasible for IH to claim that their understanding of the exchange of value hinged on that one statement.
Of course, they have not claimed that. Radvar, at this point, had not read the IH complaint and the Rossi answer; his comment above about the Merge document I prepared was later.
Abd Ul-Rahman Lomax radvar • 2 days ago
It wasn’t Rossi that claimed that, it was Johnson, in a document that Rossi (probably inadvertently) included with the Agreement in his filing. The “exchange of value” did not depend on that. However, the representation was that JMC was independent of Leonardo — and IH — (which was an element of value, see the proposal email), while the reality varied from that. This is one element among many, and the IH complaint does not hinge on it, it is merely a support.
Abd Ul-Rahman Lomax • 6 days ago
“JMC is owned by an entity formed in the United Kingdom” was a misquote. It was actually “an individual or entity formed in the United Kingdom.” See a study of the documents available on http://coldfusioncommunity.net…
The history is documented there, showing dates,and with ready links to sources. With that knowledge, much speculation here is off. While jumping to conclusions is never a good idea, sometimes the obvious is obvious. As well, appearances matter in the real world.
Note added. At this point I have no clue where I got the idea that the phrase had “individual” in it. I am looking at the document now and it’s not there. The original quotation was correct.
This is a good example of how memory is plastic. I had previously pointed out that an “entity” could mean a corporation or something else (like a trust, in fact, or an individual), And then I remembered my interpretation instead of the original. Very common.
Ah, well. I did this deliberately to show how I admit error quickly, it looks really good! <– This statement is a lie. But this statement is true.
No, I really did, somehow, come to think that I had read “individual or” and it was apparently based on my interpretation that an individual can be an entity (which was taking it a step further than entities being other than corporations. Key, though, is “formed,” which implies a structure, not an individual, and U.K. does not seem to apply to the owner which has now probably been identified. IH does not make a specific claim as to the owner, but asserts that it is one of the parties excluded by the Johnson declaration. See the IH AACT, paragraphs 70-79. Johnson has not yet filed an Answer.
The judge, however, clearly understands the IH claims, reciting them quite well in her Denial of the Rossi Motion to Dismiss, see page 5. (That this does not indicate she agrees with them. She did the same for the other side, reviewing the Rossi claims in response to the IH Motion to Dismiss.)
Omega Z • 6 days ago
We ALL tend to forget the reason for this being in court.
It’s been said that Rossi offered to return the original $11.5 million in return for Industrial Heat/Darden INC rescinding all rights/claims on Rossi’s IP.
It’s also been said that Industrial Heat/Darden INC counter offered with offering Rossi a substantial sum tho much less then the $89 million in the agreement.
SO, this all boils down to Industrial Heat/Darden INC wanting to retain all rights to Rossi’s IP without paying the $89 million even should Rossi return the original payments involved. It seems Industrial Heat/Darden INC are willing to expend large sums of money to retain the technology IP they “Imply” doesn’t work.
A Woodford representitive said it best. This is merely an IP war. People don’t fight over something that doesn’t work. If it has other issues such as reliability or just not ready for the market, you tend to negotiate those issues.
Notice: nothing is sourced. There are these claims:
(1) An alleged offer by Rossi to return the $11.5 million if IH abandons (the correct term, not “rescinding,” Rossi has attempted to rescind them) the rights.
(2) An alleged “counteroffer” to pay a substantial sum less than $89 million. (When? This is called a counteroffer, but what I recall of it was that this was earlier, maybe even before the alleged GPT.(
(3) Allegedly, Woodford called this an “IP war. People don’t fight over something that doesn’t work…. ” But Omega Z did not use quotation marks and it’s unclear what Woodford allegedly said and what was then Omega Z’s comment on it.
As to the first, IH invested, so far, probably about $20 million, that was their original stock offering and it probably was all subscribed, and probably was all spent. $11.5 million was what went to Rossi, and a return of that would still leave IH looking at a dead loss of $8.5 million — or more. Rossi did this with at least one European licensee: effectively canceled the licenses, returning the fee, leaving them with dead losses for the work they had done, which was apparently substantial.
As to the second, I would not wonder at it, if this offer was early. The whole GPT concept was badly flawed, and totally unnecessary, for many reasons. Reliability testing, yes. Of interest, thinking about reliability, the way that the alleged GPT was arranged by Rossi would cover up reliability data, since he apparently believed he could substitute reactors from the backup Plant. A test of one Plant (the contemplated GPT in the Agreement) is not at all the same as a test of two, with mix and match allowed. It seems the concept was designed to prove the reality of the effect, by being BIG. And then, by hiding the power usage, BIG was hidden, if it existed. This was a fiasco, even if the Plant really worked!
Of much higher interest: tests of individual reactors, many of them, all individually documented. The goal is not to have a reactor operating, but to see how each reactor behaves, how long it works, when it breaks down, how long it will function on a fuel charge, etc. Rossi seems, in his recent descriptions of Quark-X and his chatter about sigma, to now be thinking more in this way.
How about he buys the two 1 MW reactors from IH, ships them to Sweden, and starts selling heat? If it works, of course! Wouldn’t Hydro Fusion be thrilled? Such a deal could actually be made before settling Rossi v. Darden, in theory, if the lawyers are good a negotiating compromises. I’d think part of such a deal would allow IH to thorough inspect and document anything they wanted about the two reactors — since they own them anyway. Then JMP could vacate the warehouse, again, after inspection if Johnson hasn’t settled with IH. Or all this could be part of a final settlement of the cases.
(That action would still leave IH with the IP they paid for; given what they have claimed, they don’t need the Plants at all, they are junk, a dead end, at best, something is missing.)
As to the third, I searched for a source, googling “Woodford IP war” and found none other than statements on ECW and echoes of those. The earliest mention of “IP war” in this context seems to be from … Omega Z. We become our own sources…. all too often.
The closest thing I found was a Citywire story that extensively mentioned “intellectual property,” and that quoted Woodford:
Woodford Investment Management said it was ‘not appropriate’ to comment on the lawsuit. ‘Industrial Heat is currently working with numerous scientists to build a diverse portfolio of innovative technology, such as low energy nuclear reactions, in the quest to eliminate pollution,’ it added.
‘We continue to share this quest for what we believe could be a significant development and exploitation of new energy sources.’
Omega Z commented in the ECW discussion of this Citywire story., in his comments now, attributed to Woodford, it appears he is quoting himself, not Woodford.
DNI Omega Z • 6 days ago
That’s only what Rossi say. Dawey Weaver close to IH have denied it. So it all depends on who you trust.
Omega Z DNI • 6 days ago
Weaver has made many unfounded claims and has backpedaled more then once. Dewey was just muddying the water and promoting FUD.
That’s telegraphing “Planet Rossi,” specifically the Nation of Sifferkoll (though Siffer has been quiet lately). If Weaver has made “many unfounded claims” (real or alleged) I would be interested in documenting them. So far, as far as I recall, most of what Weaver has written, where we have learned fact, has proven to be reasonably accurate, if dressed up in, ah, colorful language. Weaver is an IH insider, we are utterly unsurprised to find him supporting possible IH positions. IH has not been presented with the claims Omega is making about them, repeating what others have written. So we only have what Dewey has said, as to that side. If one side is FUD, what about the other? And this is what DNI is suggesting: it depends on whom you trust.
However, again, the statement from the Woodford representative out right stated this is an IP war. The reason Industrial Heat/Darden INC is in court is to retain the IP. It would be much easier and cheaper legally to claim the contract wasn’t fulfilled and revert everything back making everyone whole.
Apparently Omega Z considers that alleged statement important, and he is standing on it, but I doubt that Woodford ever said that, see above. Omega Z said that, about six months ago.
IH has an obvious reason to be in court: Rossi sued them, as IH, as Darden and Vaughn personally, and Cherokee Investment Partners. It is entirely unclear that Rossi offered the $11.5 million back, nor that it would make sense for IH to accept it as full settlement. It seems Omega Z must believe that if IH believes that the IP is worthless, they would surely have settled for a mere $11.5 million, but suppose what seems likely, based on the POTE at this point, the IP actually is worthless and the Plant did not function and the probable $20 million or so that they spent went down the drain. Seems to me they might want more than $11.5 million and, because of the fraud issue, they can go for triple damages. My guess is that Johnson has money, as well, he may be an inviting target.
Omega Z is reasoning from an assumption that the Plant actually worked and IH is lying about the whole affair. Rossi went for $89 million and triple damages, and did not only go after IH, and now plenty of evidence is coming out. A settlement is possible, but it probably will not be as favorable to Rossi et al as would have been the status quo had Rossi not sued. IH might have walked away. Rossi could have moved his property to Sweden and proceeded full speed ahead, if he has real technology, and the details could have been worked out later. Instead, he is buried in 3 TB of data plus 100,000 pages of discovery documents, and a complete mess on his hands.
Obvious Omega Z • 6 days ago
One doesn’t have to like what DW says, but it would be wise to pay attention to what he has said so far. It is not mud or FUD, despite how much it may not appeal to many people. He has disseminated about 90% now-verifiable correct information. With some big reveals that have yet to surface, but at least one that is is briefly mentioned in the recent IH et al filing.
Bruce__H Obvious • 6 days ago
I’ve been wondering when the rest was coming.
If I were IH and suspicious about Rossi’s activities in 2015, I would have done things like have someone outside the Doral facility keeping track of how many truckloads of reagents and products were being delivered and taken away each day, take a photo over the wall of the famous customer’s site just to see what’s there, do a bit of IR photography (as I think was briefly mentioned in one of the recent IH filings) from a drone high atop the facility to try and locate just where that 1 MW of missing heat has gone, and so on. I’m hoping whatever was done will come out.
Also, it is my hope that the entire Doral facility is still under lock and key and in IH’s control. That could be interesting too. Like viewing the body ready for autopsy.
IH may have done some of these things. We know that they were objecting to the idea that the Doral plant was a GPT with Penon as ERV, at least formally by the beginning of December. A drone with an IR camera would be cheap, and a helicopter carrying the same not prohibitively expensive. That place should have been lit up brightly in the IR with a megawatt — or even with 100 KW. Dewey, I believe it is, has said that the Plant is padlocked, with two padlocks, one from IH, one from Rossi. There has already been some possible spoliation of evidence, with Rossi removing the fuel and Penon removing his instruments.
Obvious Bruce__H • 5 days ago
The Doral facility is (or at least was) being rented by JMP, so IH can’t really keep the facility under lock and key. The containers, sure, they could be locked up. But I would expect that JMP would want the containers out of there so they can either move their factory stuff out, or get back to manufacturing with natural gas power (or whatever).
Aw, there isn’t any chemical plant, almost certainly…. the layout of the plant was such that moving materials and product in and out would be difficult, it would have to be through the front door or that small door in the back of the “customer area.” This is so friggin’ obvious…. they had to be crazy to think this would work.
Omega Z Obvious • 5 days ago
Yep, That’s how I would do it. Throw out some verifiable truths with some not so verifiable whoppers. I’ve had the unfortunate opportunity of working with people like the Dardens and Deweys. These are the kind of people who brought you the, “If you call in the next 5 minutes, we’ll throw a 2nd set in for free”…
Pure ad hominem libel. No example of whoppers provided.
So WTF is Omega Z? Darden and Vaughn are trusted by people with money, lots of it. Woodford obviously trusted them with their $50 million — and knows that this is being spent and that there will be no fast return, if there is ever any return. They are also trusted by the CMNS community, in whom they are investing. That community is not giving them money, it’s flowing the other way. And that is what Woodford actually said, not the apparently twisted version presented by Omega Z. They are investing in research. And Rossi hates that, apparently.
radvar Omega Z • 2 days ago
How true, how sad.
Truth is always a cause of joy. If it isn’t, it isn’t the full truth, or one is attached to error.
DNI Omega Z • 6 days ago
In my world it’s Rossi who have made many unfounded claims. So as I said it all depends on whom you trust. Hence I think it’s important to write were the information come from.
If you want to always write the truth, then quote and attribute. “According to …” and then be accurate. You will still make some mistakes, but they will be obviously that, if you are at all careful, because people can check your writing, and some of them will be kind enough to correct you. As well, if opinion is stated as opinion, and it is actually your opinion, it is the truth. That is, it actually is your opinion! Basic ontology. Don’t leave home without it.
Omega Z DNI • 5 days ago
Dardens and Deweys of the world are Venture Capitalist.
What more needs to be said???
Plenty. Again, WTF is Omega Z?
This resembles Rossi’s long-standing paranoia. He refused corporate help in Italy, blew them off, and when faced with severe challenges, he didn’t have the resources and support he needed. And that idea is charitable, assumes he really had a waste conversion technology, etc., and was not actually a fraud. IH took over the Ampenergo license, and apparently paid Ampenergo millions of dollars for that, which was otherwise Rossi’s responsibility. Venture capitalists are those who provide venture capital, which entrepreneurs typically need. So there is a deep paranoia expressed here, that all “venture capitalists” are vultures, out to screw honest inventors over. Yet if we look at the history of IH and Rossi, if there was screwing over going on, it’s in the other direction. Rossi took $11.5 million. So, he hasn’t gotten $89 million, and there is a lawsuit to determine if he is owed that. That’s being screwed over? Rossi was completely free to develop and sell his technology in, say, Sweden, his obligation to IH only began to be their chief scientist in 2013, with the delivery of the Plant, and was for one year. Nothing stopped him then from carrying on elsewhere.
Except, perhaps, his own greed, which is what it’s looking like at this point. Or if it was all fraud (or what is effectively the same, insanity) from day one, which is not impossible.
frank Omega Z • 5 days ago
As said – it depens on who you trust . but don’t state that your opinion to be the truth…
What about opinions about stating opinions?
…and a few more dribbles followed.