1-800-GET-THIN Alleges L.A.Times Involved in Hacking, on Heels of News Corp. Scandal

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Robert Silverman, Attorney for 1-800-GET-THIN, a Major Weight Loss & LAP-BAND® Marketing Company Says the Lawsuit Alleges Hacking and Deletion of Reader’s Comments, Sharing of Ad Revenue with Editorial Content.

"We believe that hacking in the news business is rampant," says attorney Robert Silverman.

A lawsuit has been filed by 1-800-GET-THIN in Los Angeles Federal Court, alleging racketeering and antitrust claims by the L.A. Times. According to the lawsuit, the L.A. Times was caught hacking into its own blogs and sanitizing anything that would put their foes in a favorable light or their friends in a bad light (Reference: 1-800-GET THIN v. Michael Hiltzik, etc et al., United States Federal District Court, Central District of California. Case Number CV11-0505 ODW).

Allegedly, “The LA Times has been hacking into its own blogs and sanitizing anything that could disrupt or interfere with generating revenues through the sharing of advertising revenue with editorial content,” according to the lawsuit.1-800-GET THIN (http://www.1800getthin.com) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, accusing the L.A. Times of hacking into website blogs that were supposed to function as uncensored free speech forums. The lawsuit alleges that any comment that was favorable to 1-800-GET THIN was instantly deleted. Attorney Robert Silverman said, “We allege we caught the L.A. Times red handed, hacking their own blogs, erasing reader comments, and using a secret ‘hacking’ process to erase what they didn’t like.”

The lawsuit alleges the named defendant was caught hacking into company computers when he was stationed in the Times’ Moscow Bureau. The Times suspended him (http://independentsources.com/2006/04/20/michael-hiltziks-other-user-ids/), but despite the hacking, the Times reinstated him, and he did it again. This time he was suspended for hacking into its website and making “fake” blog comments under false names and “shill aliases” to make it look like people agreed with his columns.  Silverman said, “Hacking at the L.A. Times -- it's standard operating procedure.” Silverman complains that even after the Times suspended the employee a second time for hacking, he did it again, and they still let him come back. ( Los Angeles Times Yanks Columnist's Blog - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/20/AR2006042002375.html ) “No wonder News Corp has had so much trouble,” Silverman says. “We allege that hacking in the news business is rampant, and nobody cares. No one does anything about it.”

According to the allegations made in the lawsuit, these actions of the L.A. Times are not confined just to to one writer, but reflect a class -wide corporate culture. 1-800-GET THIN’s lawsuit alleges that when the Times published an article by Stuart Pfeifer on June 11, 2011, readers reacted by writing favorable things about the weight loss marketing company and how 1-800-GET THIN’s surgical center clients had a better record than many of the most elite medical centers in America.  Allegedly, the Los Angeles Times immediately deleted the positive comments.  Silverman alleges that’s censorship. “There was nothing improper about the reader’s comments that were submitted to the Times,” Silverman says.  “If the Times doesn’t agree with a blogger, we allege they hack them out of the website, as if they never existed." 
For media inquiries contact Robert Silverman - email to silveratty(at)gmail(dot)com or call 714-936-7499.
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