Tom Anderson, Corporate Lawyer, Utah, USA.
Ogden, UT (Vocus) July 17, 2010
Mineral Resources International, Inc. (“MRI”) is warning the public about a counterfeit, libelous press release that is being circulated on the internet and as a “Public Notice” in newspapers in India that purports to be written by a Mr. “Tom Anderson,” an alleged corporate lawyer purportedly representing the state of Utah. MRI is warning that the purported “press release,” which was published on PRLog.org and in Dehradun Plus, an Indian newspaper, on July 4, 2010 is a counterfeit release that contained many false, disparaging, and libelous statements directed against MRI.
MRI has forwarded the information and purported “press release” to the State of Utah, Division of Water Rights, as well as to the Utah Attorney’s General’s Office for further investigation and action. MRI has also sent a Cease and Desist letter to the purported email address of “Tom Anderson” and to PRLog.org, who removed the libelous “press release.”
MRI believes it is highly likely that this disparaging, libelous “press release” is the latest in a series of desperate attempts by an MRI competitor in India, Keva International, to wrongfully damage the reputation of MRI. Keva International has contracted to be the exclusive distributor in India of the products of Trace Minerals Research, L.C. (“TMR, L.C.”), a U.S.-based dietary supplement marketing company.
TMR, L.C. competes directly with MRI in the United States and indirectly with MRI throughout the world by means of its distributors. Keva International has denied responsibility for the libelous “press release.” However, the phony “press release” was published under suspicious circumstances. The disparaging “press release” was transmitted to PRLog.org from an IP address located in India, under the phony name of a non-existent individual—“Tom Anderson, Corporate Lawyer, Utah, USA.” In addition, as the sole or primary competitor of MRI’s products in India, Keva International—which sells TMR, L.C.’s products, rather than MRI’s products—is the entity most likely to benefit from the ill will generated against MRI by such release. Therefore, regardless of whether Keva International was involved in the original publication of the libelous “press release,” consumers should not tolerate its “re-publication” by representatives of Keva International or other distributors of TMR, L.C.’s products in conjunction with the marketing of TMR, L.C.’s products.
For MRI's full point-by-point response to the counterfeit press release, go to: http://www.mineralresourcesint.com/RELEASES/MRI%20Counters%20Slanderous%20Statements.pdf