Needless to say, Dr. Gedala, who is something of a celebrity in India, 2/ has tried to discredit the FTC's claims. In an interview with the Indian Express last summer, he crowed that the FTC had "not proved a single thing" and that "[w]e have also filed against them for $3.11 billion." Previously, he threatened Jeffrey Beall, the librarian who placed OMICS on a list of "predatory journals" with a one billion dollar lawsuit but did not pursue it because Beall "is not capable of paying the damages. So, it is useless. But we are fighting the FTC case, which we have taken very seriously."
The district court found against Dr. Gedala and his companies without a trial. It determined that defendants produced no acceptable evidence to contradict the proof submitted by the FTC, entitling the FTC to summary judgment. In the Indian Express interview, Dr. Gedala had this to say about the FTC's allegations: "The FTC don’t know the definition of journal. They don’t know what peer review is. They are illiterates. Scientists are not illiterates." He did not discuss the complaints and the affidavits from scientists that the FTC supplied to the court.
OMICS's plans to appeal the judgment. 3/
- The FTC complaint, motion for summary judgment, and the court's orders are available from the FTC's website.
- See, e.g., Hyderabad Scientist Receives ‘Champions of Change’ Award, The Times of India, Dec 31, 2018.
- Jeffrey Brainard, U.S. Judge Rules Deceptive Publisher Should Pay $50 Million in Damages, Science, Apr. 3, 2019.