Rossi vs. Darden developments [CASE CLOSED]

  • woodworker,


    I enjoyed your analysis. You may be right. But if so, LENR will march on, and probably Rossi too.


    I am not expressing any opinions or LENR or CF, I am merely saying that IMHO Rossi is fucked and justifiably so. Based on the admissible evidence (an important word and concept) proffered so far, he is a liar, a cheat and a conman (and if he thinks I am defaming him, remember, truth is an absolute defense).

  • I concur. Jurors may hold "facts" however they wish. They can completely ignore them or base the entire case on a single fact. They are instructed to rely on their gut to evaluate the facts of the case (based on my personal experience on a jury). Rossi has no credibility given his JMC ruse and his long history of specious business practices. If Jones Day executes correctly they will annihilate Rossi's credibility. Add to that Rossi's revolutionary claims of commerical performance of a revolutionary new energy source--we'll it's just too much. Short of a miracle disclosure, like a QuarkX powered smart phone, Rossi does not have a chance.


    Still strange things can happen in a jury trial. Rossi supposedly has binders and binders of data backing up his case--maybe we'll see something from them but so far we've seen only an amateur attempt to defraud.


    As usual I want to add that I am not a lawyer and have no personal or financial interest in this trial. My original interest was in the E-Cat as a new source of energy and my interest now is in seeing that justice is served.


    A QuarkX powered smart phone would not be relevant to the issues of this case and as such would not be admissible. As to his binders and binders (shades of Romney), he better have turned them over to JD in discovery or they will be ruled inadmissible. Real trials are not like Perry Mason or even Law and Order, they have rules you have to follow: no surprise witnesses (with a very few exceptions), no surprise documents (ditto), you have to disclose your experts, their opinions and what they base their opinions on, you don't get to ask leading questions on direct (you do to a certain degree on cross) and stuff that is not relevant isn't going to be admitted, period. I look forward to daily reports from any boots on the ground, but I live in NorCal and have no interest in traveling, unless I am being paid to.

  • Great having you join this thread, Howard. Thank you for chiming in.


    Can you give us a preview of what will happen during the trial from our perspective as remote observers? What of interest will be added to the docket during or after the trial?

  • A QuarkX powered smart phone would not be relevant to the issues of this case and as such would not be admissible. As to his binders and binders (shades of Romney), he better have turned them over to JD in discovery or they will be ruled inadmissible. Real trials are not like Perry Mason or even Law and Order, they have rules you have to follow: no surprise witnesses (with a very few exceptions), no surprise documents (ditto), you have to disclose your experts, their opinions and what they base their opinions on, you don't get to ask leading questions on direct (you do to a certain degree on cross) and stuff that is not relevant isn't going to be admitted, period. I look forward to daily reports from any boots on the ground, but I live in NorCal and have no interest in traveling, unless I am being paid to.



    We don't know all the evidence Rossi has turned over during discovery. There may be some things that Rossi chose not to disclose in the case files during the pre-trial phase. Given what we've seen so far, I'm not expecting much.


    And as to real trials, jurors despite the best intentions of the attorneys and the criminal justice system, do not always follow the rules. (Again based on my personal experience only). I can't speak for the attorneys. Still I think Rossi's chances are daunting especially since he needs a unanimous decision. I think Rossi's thinking is that if he's going down so is Darden/Vaughn.

  • Also, for those of you who want to know who I am, my name is Howard Michael Appel, California state bar no. 158674. I post on and am a member of the The Fogbow and Quatloos, as well as too many to count woodworking forums.

    Welcome Mr Appel. Just for curiosity, what leads a lawyer to read the LENR Forum? Are you interested in cold fusion or in general in alternative sources of energy? How did you find the dispute between IH and Rossi?

  • It does not seem to me that objections have been raised to the first three reports he has provided. I would say that at least three have been accepted.

    How do you know IH didn't object to the first reports? I think it is incorrect to claim that IH have accepted the Penon report. That fact that IH didn't complain in public doesn't automatically mean they accepted.

  • woodworker


    Thanks for the expert *legal* analysis, something long lacking here, including Abd's feeble and scattered, verbose attempts at it.


    I am curious why you are paying any attention to this case. Is it of consequence, somehow, in the real world? Reputable scientists and technologist who took an early interest in Rossi (starting with his claims in 2011) have long known that he is a crook and his claims are wrong at best and most likely grossly idiotic and fraudulent. His one accomplishment in his entire life is learning how to chose marks.


    But I digress. Can you say why you are interested and how you found the case? And thanks again, profusely, for adding legal sense to the discussion.

  • How lucky this forum is to have real verified lawyers with no interest in the affair, coming out of the woodwork (eh) to state that Rossi is a doomed liar and hack.


    Case closed I guess :) better tell the swedes, they might be unaware of whom they're dealing with!

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    But I have to respond to Mr. A. Smith's comment "Deeply untypical. And whatever happens it will be appealed by one side or the other. That's when I expect to see rebuttal evidence, not before."


    I was not thinking of evidence being produced in court at all. I was thinking of evidence being produced via Rossi's favourite vector, the internet. Though currently I am favouring the idea that there will be a settlement. Italian geese are difficult to cook.

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    I will not bother to answer your technical questions either, for the same reason. You have said, again and again, that you have no interest in reading the papers I recommend. You don't want to know anything about what you call "low powered" cold fusion.


    I hate to rehash all this again but since you [Jed Rothwell] insist on restating the same nonsense and misquotes. The REASONS I have no interest in reading papers you recommend are first, that I read some in the past, skimmed others, and could find nothing of value in most. The second reason is that you refuse to do the obvious. I asked to provide the single BEST and CLEAREST and BEST WRITTEN paper which is the most persuasive that cold fusion is real. I have yet to see that recommendation. Anyone?


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    (Your definition of "low power" might mystify readers. Let me explain how it works. You define "low power" as the highest power level you happen to know about. So if I inform you there is a result 50 W hotter, you will add 50 W to the definition of "low power" so that you can continue to dismiss all results.)


    Nonsense. I have said many times, what is impressive depends on the power out to power in ratio and how long it is sustained without refreshing the fuel and of course, the mass of the original fuel. For a ratio of around 6 (Rossi's old claims), a gross heat output of between 10 and 100 watts and a mass typical of the original ecats, 24 hours would be impressive but since the process is said to proceed from conversion of mass to energy, it should run much longer than that. Ideally, by now, there would be at least ONE experiment in which excess output heat is returned to the input making the device "self sustaining." But there isn't even an effort to try, far as I know. What there is constitutes lame excuses for not doing it.


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    You said you have no interest in the literature and you will not read it. You said that here, explicitly, and you were quoted by Zeus46. That's okay. Neither he nor I care whether you read these things or not. It is a free country. HOWEVER, it is annoying when you demand that we tell you this or that detail, you arrogantly refuse to look at what we recommend, and then you kvetch that we don't bother to recommend anything.


    I don't even know what that means, exactly. What I did say is that I have no *further* interest in experiments with low output power, low power ratios (out/in), short duration, questionable methods, poorly written sections on materials and methods, and confusing result graphs with graph axes displaying arbitrarily normalized or complicated sets of units. I have no time for that sort of crap and neither do most reputable scientists and technologists. Yet, that was the sort of papers you recommended that I read. Having looked at 10 -12 or so some time ago (when these discussions started), I will not waste more time that way.


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    You can't have it both ways. If you are going to dismiss the evidence without reading it, you cannot expect us to politely point you to it again and again. You are not the only one who does this, needless to say. The editors of the Scientific American and Naturehave been doing it since 1989.


    You keep saying nonsense crappola like this but that doesn't make it true. The mainline journals (and me) would accept with delight any clear and convincing demonstration of LENR performed by reputable researchers, preferably properly replicated. The same old crap claims, badly documented by the usual suspects doesn't cut it.


    Finally, I have to remind you that you believed Rossi's claims to be valid based on experiments you read and heard about and you said this was "irrefutable" and "based on first principles". I take no pleasure in rubbing your nose in this because I think you are well motivated if easily fooled. Like Lewan is. And probably G. Levi as well. Nonetheless that is what happened for several years until Rossi's verbiage became so incredibly outrageous that you finally saw the truth, bathed as it were in the QuarkX light, LOL.


    I also have to restate that the organized opposition supposedly against cold fusion isn't that at all. It's an opposition to wasting more resources (especially the tax payers'), money and work time on research which lacks high quality evidence of being worth while. Nobody would enjoy LENR being real more than me. And Nature and Science would be delighted to publish any papers showing LENR real, could they withstand peer review processes. For Cripe's sake, Nature even published complete garbage from self-styled psychic Uri Geller! (https://www.nature.com/nature/…1/n5476/abs/251602a0.html ) Of course, they later had to retract the paper because it was con man hogwash, just like Rossi. But if they will provide a forum for psychics, you don't think a credible report showing sustained low temperature fusion would be published? Wow! What a crackpot conspiracy theory!


    So the challenge remains: provide the single best paper showing proof that LENR exists and be demonstrated by clear, well done experiments, proven with well written papers by credible authors and including replication by independent sources.


    Oh... one more thing... Zeus (IIRC) mentioned something about ulcers caused by bacteria in pigs in 1952. Perhaps he/she has a reference other than some web whackjobs? It may be true, I don't know. But what Marshall and Robin did, at their personal peril, was to satisfy Koch's postulates *in humans* for the organism. This is the gold standard for demonstrating that an organism is a cause of a human disease ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koch%27s_postulates ) now modernized as the Bradford Hill criteria. Check it out.

  • How lucky this forum is to have real verified lawyers with no interest in the affair, coming out of the woodwork (eh) to state that Rossi is a doomed liar and hack.


    Case closed I guess :) better tell the swedes, they might be unaware of whom they're dealing with!

    "The Swedes" probably already know quite fully who they dealt with. That is why we have not heard a single word from any of them in three years.

    They have not defended their report.

    They have not answered polite questions from reputable sources.

    They have "dropped off the planet" as far as Lugano is concerned.


    I have heard rumors from a few sources here that they are attempting replication. But rumors only and no confirmation from them directly. We have seen evidence that Fabiani was hired by the university, but that is almost beyond imagination. I am unsure if it is real or not. After what has came out in the lawsuit depositions, why anyone would hire him is quite puzzling. My opinion is that if he indeed was hired, it was due to the Lugano team having been unable to get any heat "out of the cat" and hope that he can shed some light. (Hopefully more than how to adjust the measuring equipment!)


    In any case, they do not seem to have followed the normal discourse for an academic endeavor and this certainly seems odd. I have also read (I do not have the link) that their University instructed them to shut the "blank" up about the whole Rossi affair as it was an embarrassment. But this too is only rumor.


    I would be truly excited and happy if they should appear on "the stage" tomorrow and state they stand by Lugano, they have replicated and they produce true independent replications, data and protocol.

    However....... I am not holding my breath. Again, rumor from both views proves nothing. Only the Lugano team making an official statement of their standing will and so far, they ain't doing it!

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  • Woodworker, welcome!


    What a relief to have an actual real lawyer commenting on this Forum about this case! As I've confessed periodically, I'm no lawyer, I just play one on LENR-Forum.:)

    (As you may have read,I trained and worked for 11 years as an electrical engineer before switching to an unrelated field of grant-funded research). I find this case interesting because it's somewhat amazing to me that a scammer like Rossi has made it this far and this case is seems so unusual in so many ways.


    So after reading all of this, you seem to have come to the same conclusion of many of us here, that Rossi has little-to-no chance of winning this case.


    My question for you is regarding IH's counter claims for $11.5M and damages. I've made a 'bold prediction' that IH will not be awarded any of their claims either. Do you have thoughts about this?


    And this leads to another question I've had for awhile: if neither Rossi (and 3rd party) nor IH counter-claims (monetary or otherwise) are granted by the jury, what happens to the E-Cat and the IP license? (And obviously, assuming the losing party appeals, it could be several more years before the legal issues are concluded).


    Presumably, IH retains both the physical E-Cat and the IP license (worthless as they may be). Then this unhappy 'marriage' continues to limp along awkwardly?


    Your thoughts?

  • Another minor note added to the docket:


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    PAPERLESS Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga: Telephone Conference held on 6/15/2017. Total time in court: 3 hour(s) : 10 minutes. Attorney Appearance(s): Francisco J Leon de la Barra, Rodolfo Nunez, Christopher Rebel Jude Pace, Brian W. Chaiken, Court Reporter: Stephanie McCarn, 305-523-5518 / [email protected]. (cmz) (Entered: 06/15/2017)

  • Welcome Mr Appel. Just for curiosity, what leads a lawyer to read the LENR Forum? Are you interested in cold fusion or in general in alternative sources of energy? How did you find the dispute between IH and Rossi?


    I don't recall what led me here. I may have run across a link on Quatloos or on one of the too numerous blogs I visit. My interest in CF is probably limited to the desire to see clean cheap energy, but I have no familiarity with any of the specific proposals to achieve that.