Darrell McKigney, president of the Small Business Survival Committee, has praised the American Dental Association for its strong response to the outrageous attacks on America's dentists made by an irresponsible trial lawyer.
Earlier this week, the ADA sued attorney Shawn Khorrami for defamation. In seeking new clients, Khorrami has attempted to raise public alarm over the use of mercury in dental amalgams -- a common dental practice for about 150 years.
The attacks have continued, even though the Food and Drug Administration has said as recently as March, 2002 that "No valid scientific evidence has ever shown that amalgams cause harm to patients with dental restorations, except in the rare case of allergy."
"Dentists are among the most trusted and vital small businesspeople in communities throughout this country," said McKigney. "Unfortunately, they are just the latest legitimate businesses to be targeted for outrageous attacks by money-hungry trial lawyers."
"It's heartening to see the dentists standing up and fighting back rather than giving in to such outlandish attacks. A strong response is what's needed in these situations. To let alarming allegations go unchecked not only threatens some of the most important small businesses, it creates unwarranted public fear which harms average people."
"In responding this way, the ADA is serving as a good role model for other businesses and industries that come under unfair attacks. SBSC strongly supports them in their cause and urges small businesses around the country to rally behind them," McKigney concluded.