Jane Akre & Periscope Group
Why I stand alone. I am not going to go back over my history as a mesh injured woman, because it is all here on this blog and you can use the categories list on the right-hand side, to learn more if you wish to.
As you can see by the date of my last post, it is rare for me to write a blog anymore, because I now post on my Mesh Angels Facebook page and save my free time for my family. However, sometimes I know I should write one, if only to share something I know, that can affect other women who are vulnerable.
We are all vulnerable after we struggle with injuries due to medical implants, devices and drugs. At first, we are hit with disbelief that something like this could ever happen to us, when we are supposed to be protected by the FDA. After it finally sinks in, we then search for answers, which usually means we find others just like us. That is why I first began this blog, late in the year of 2010, a few months after I had the implant surgery.
I had never had anything like this happen to me and I was totally unaware of all the pitfalls, after I signed up with a lawsuit against Boston Scientific. Honestly there is no way to protect yourself, except to be aware and learn to view everyone as suspect and listen to your gut instinct.
The reason we become vulnerable is because we want to change what happened to us, so that no one else winds up like we did. So, we often don’t believe what is right in front of our eyes, when someone approaches us, who is going to use our bad situation, for financial gain.
Fast forward to now. A few days ago, I was asked if I would speak to a woman I have spoken to in the past. I will not name names, because I honestly feel, she has no clue why she is being used and perhaps she would rather not know. However, I cannot live with my conscience if I do not let ALL women know and they can then decide who they want to donate their hard-earned money to, or not.
When we spoke, she asked me to share a link on my Mesh Angels page about the fact that Mesh Victims United, is now a 501c-3 non-profit. It I hard for me to say no, because I know she is a good woman, so I thought about it and did my research. I checked out the board members of Mesh Victims United first. I will give you that link at the end of this post.
I did not see who all 13 members are, of the board, but on the board member page, the 8th person is Jane Akre of Medical Mesh Device News Desk. I was not shocked at all, because I knew she had wanted to get everyone together to begin a worldwide group, some time ago and I refused, based on my prior history with Akre. My thoughts were “Never again would I get involved with this woman, or anything she is tied to”.
When I looked to the right side of this post about board members, I saw something that caught my eye and wanted to know who they were. So, I googled them, until I recognized the logo, and then I could learn more about them. This is because there are other sites with the same Periscope name and there is even an App.
Since then, I have been told that Periscope Group paid for the 501c-3 non-profit status with a donation. This of course is hearsay on my part. Before we accept a donation, we should research ANY company, very carefully, so as not to make a serious mistake. I don’t think this was done, but by taking money, from any company, law firm or corporation, it puts us in a very difficult position, and we have to decide if we accept the terms and the fact we are beholding.
In other words you are part of promoting whatever the company does, whether you want to believe this or not.
Once I was sure who these people are, then I went to their Facebook page and it was even more clear what they are doing.
Their Facebook page states what they, and who they are is basically a law firm collection service for injured people. Once they have you signed on, they will turn your case over to any lawyers who are out for a percentage of what you get and could care less about your injuries. In turn they all collect a percentage of your lawsuit payout, when the time comes for you to receive your settlement.
This means the Periscope group are going to take money from your case, without doing anything and the lawyer they turn it over to, will probably expect you to sign whatever you are offered, or you won’t get one penny. Simply put, you won’t have any negotiating power at all. That is how they can make millions without doing any work, while you get pennies.
This is their statement on Facebook, which leaves no doubt that they are a clearing house to turn your case over to any lawyer who will take it.
“Have you or a loved one been injured by a faulty drug or medical device? We can help. Periscope Group has been connecting victims to support for 20+ years.
Periscope Group connects consumers who have been injured by a drug or medical device with qualified, vetted attorneys who can help them recover compensation for their injuries.”
Why is signing up with a clearing house this this one a bad thing?
Because you have no idea how experienced the lawyer will be or even if they are tort lawyers who actually do this kind of work for a living. You may also find it very difficult to communicate with a lawyer who does not have a vested interest in your case, except as a percentage pay out. This is the new world of ambulance chasing lawyers.
Why is finding an experienced tort lawyer so important? Because the law firm needs a lot of experience and have good negotiating lawyers in the firm who have dealt with the manufacturer of your implant, drug or device in the past. Believe me I was very fortunate, because my lawyers did this.
A firm who does not have negotiating lawyers will have to hire an outside negotiator if your case is serious. They probably won’t tell you this and if you insist on a better offer and they do hire one, the money will come out of YOUR settlement. Believe me, they don’t come cheap.
I have learned after the fact, that not having the right lawyer, will mean that once they give you an offer, all they want is for you to sign on the dotted line, regardless of your injuries, then they can pocket their money and they won’t do you justice for you, AT ALL.
Believe me I learned a lot from women, who were drawn in by the TV adverts for mesh implants in 2011 and 2012 and they are not happy, because this happened to them.
When I found the correct site for the Periscope Group, it was perfectly clear I had not made a mistake as to who they are. I will give you that link later, so that you can scroll down and see for yourself. They are after anyone who has been injured, either by an implant, device or drug and will use anyone to get to them. Have no doubt in your mind, they already have lawyers at the ready, who are part of this type of quick money scheme.
The reason why I am posting this, is because I got caught out by Jane Akre, all because of my blog. She wanted my story for her own site Mesh Medical News desk and that story was valuable, because it brought more injured women to the table. She then turned them over to law firms she was already hooked up with. It took a lot of hassling by me, to get her to take that article down, once I realized what she was doing. I wanted it down, because I knew hat not being able to choose your own lawyer, could be disastrous for a decent settlement. I wanted no part of hurting women who were already suffering so much.
Before I give you that link, I want to share with you some of my history with Jane Akre, in a blog I wrote in September 2016, I titled ‘Story Tellers’. You can see for yourself if you choose to, that I was once taken in by Akre, but I have learned my lesson well. I will never blindly trust again, let alone have anything to do with this woman.
When I found the correct site for the Periscope Group, it was perfectly clear I had not made a mistake as to who they are. I will give you that link later, so that you can scroll down and see for yourself. They are after anyone who has been injured, either by an implant, device or drug and will use anyone to get to them, including YOU if you give them your story. Have no doubt in your mind, they already have lawyers at the ready, who are part of this type of get rich quick scheme.
To see who the Periscope Group is, you can scroll down and see all the devices, implants and drugs they plan on collecting millions from. It takes a while for a pay out, so they set up an office Facebook page and website, and then begin ways how to find more victims, without paying anyone. for their story That is why they will pay for the nonprofit paperwork.
By doing this, they are no different than Akre’s Mesh Medical News Desk, or Drugwatch, because they will use anyone who is gullible. If you still choose to give some of your settlement money by buying their book, or your hard-earned money to these people, then at least my conscience is clear, because I wrote this blog.
https://meshvictimsunited.org/board-members/ This link shows board members.
This Periscope group is pushing videos and a book called Crystal Mesh, which I am sure a lot of women may have already seen someone pushing for book sales. However, who is collecting the money and what is it being used for? Two questions that need answering with the truth, not some lackluster explanation. I have not see this book, but of course women do inform me about things that upset them.
This is one thing that had them very upset.
“Jane Akre is thanked in the acknowledgments”
I noted there are 4 women who post on the Periscope Facebook page. At first, I had no idea who they are, but I did look at their pages first, but nothing to tell about who they are. Then I began digging deeper for information.
Banmiller is the head of Wingtip Communications, Inc., which is also the book’s copyright holder. Her intro states “For 25 years, my company has given consumers help connecting to credible legal access in an overcrowded industry that is hard to navigate.”
Now, if you are in doubt as to who and what Wingtip is. Here you are and this is what they advertise to law firms.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with law firm and individual attorney clients nationwide
Since 1995, Wingtip has developed and refined an arsenal of marketing tools designed specifically to help law firms and individual attorneys across the country meet and retain clients. We literally cover the entire spectrum, from television and mass media to the internet and social channels. We operate an in-house, consumer advocacy call center and maintain a vast network of community outreach programs. We custom tailor campaigns based on your specific needs, timeframe and budget with unparalleled results.
We’re an end-to-end marketing firm focused exclusively on legal.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when looking at opportunities to increase your client list. There are thousands of agencies specializing in web marketing, agencies specializing in television and media production, companies operating call centers and more. The problem is each are positioned to sell you their service as the key to lots of great leads.
Unfortunately, that’s simply not how the legal space works. Unlike most lead generation companies, Wingtip manages the end-to-end process, using the entire marketing spectrum. This means we don’t need to sell you our particular “service du jour”. We use the platform(s) that will work for your case, your clients and your budget and provide you with gift-wrapped, ultra high quality clients.
Over the years, we’ve become a trusted partner, not just another vendor. Rest assured, that’s the commitment you’ll receive from us as well.
Wingtip has been efficiently and cost-effectively locating legal clients since 1995
Mass Torts, Class Actions, Drug & Product Recalls, Off-Label Use & More
Since 1995, Wingtip has been in the business of mining diamond leads through engaging, cost effective marketing campaigns exclusively within the legal vertical.
We’re an end-to-end marketing partner for both large and small firms, as well as individual attorneys looking for an edge. We cover everything from television & web marketing to client intake, community outreach and more.
So, after reviewing all of this, I believe Periscope and Wingtip are one and the same in what they do and MAY be connected in some way. Frankly, you would do well to avoid anything to do with any of them. But of course, that is up to you.
Here is the link for you to see for yourself
There are three other women who comment on the Periscope Facebook page, but as yet I have not delved into who they are. This is their names.
Betty Moore, Mary Worden Underwood, Tracey Smith
When going to the Amazon advert to sell the book, I found this information.
Crystal Mesh book information.
About the authors
Alicia Mundy is an award-winning author, reporter, and columnist in Washington, D.C. She has covered health care and the pharmaceutical- and medical-device industry for twenty years. She focused on Congress and the lobbying of powerful corporations and interest groups representing health care companies, such as vaginal mesh makers. Her first book, Dispensing with the Truth, revealed company secrets about the fen-phen diet drug scandal and was a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award. She was a reporter in the DC bureau of the Wall Street Journal and later was chief investigator for Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee, looking at the high costs of medicine.
Banmiller’s name came up once again
Jennifer Banmiller has been involved in the consumer marketing and media business for thirty years. She is the founder of Wingtip Communications, Inc., as well as legal consumer advocacy sites such as Periscope Group. The author of “Salesmanship 101” for attorneys, she is a fervent advocate for consumers in the healthcare field.
So you will be spending $19.95 for this book, without knowing who exactly, is the money going to. So think before you act and be cautious.
If you wish to let other people know about any of these people, but are afraid to use your name, leave a comment using a fictitious name, so that you are protected.
If you have already contacted this group and signed up with them, please understand that until you receive a package of paperwork to fill in from a tort lawyer and it has been filed, you do not as yet have a case.
This means you can search for your own lawyer, without getting caught up by these people. To find out if your case has been filed, ask for a dated stamped coping of the filed paperwork to verify it has been filed. One it is filed, there is nothing you can do.
I will never be part of anything, anymore, and will continue to stand alone. At least then, I am not hurting other women who believe it is safe to give money, because they don’t have the truth.
Here is more for you to read.
First, I want to share with you some of my history with Jane Akre, in a blog I wrote in September 2016, I titled ‘Story Tellers’. You can see for yourself if you choose to, that I was once taken in by Akre, but I have learned my lesson well. I will never blindly trust again, let alone have anything to do with this woman.
This is the link for that blog. http://www.meshangels.com/story-tellers/
There are plenty of blogs here that I wrote about how Akre collected money from injured women over a period of years and I always gave evidence. So, I am not surprise by anything she does anymore. You can use the search engine at the top right-hand side of this blog, to find them all.
The reason I am giving you Jane Akre’s name is not only because of my history of her taking advantage of me, because of my connection to other injured women,
My daughter had a blog for a long time, researching all that was going on and the lies. It is called Stop the Mesh Madness. It is now at the top of my blog and here is the link, if you choose to learn about all the players in the game of ‘medical injured, screw the victims’.
My daughter has not worked on this blog for some time, due to her working to help me and my future, so the links may not work, unless you copy and past them.
My case has been settled for some time and I am not at liberty to share any details. However, I spent 3 years on and off, researching and learning all I could about the tort law process. I have written several blogs about law suits, pharmaceutical companies and things you can do, to put your case together, for a better outcome. All you have to do is search.
I am not, and have never been involved with any lawyer, for gain and I never will be. Another reason why I stand alone.
Here is a footnote that everyone whose name was on the Mesh Victims United list should read.
My name is Jemima Williams – I am founder of Welsh Mesh Survivor Support Group in the UK. I am also one of the co-founders of Global Mesh Alliance and Global Mesh Memorial Page. I also have an on-line email group of Mesh-injured people who stay away from Social Media.
I had founded the group in 2013 -We’ve quite a large group, for a small country like Wales, but I had only just started sharing the link from that group, publicly, since working alongside WHIG – Women’s Health Implementation Group in Wales, UK, which was set up as a direct result of the work of our Welsh Mesh Survivors Support Group in order to raise awareness and lead our Welsh Government to realise that we actually had a problem with Surgical Mesh, in Wales, and the rest of the UK, and also to make them aware that this was a GLOBAL issue! –
We urged Government to educate themselves to these issues, and investigate, so that they could begin to accept that this was a world-wide Medical Health disaster. My husband (a GP) and I, were also involved with UK IMMDS Review, giving evidence at the Oral Hearings in Westminster, London.
Lady Baroness Cumberlege is Chair of the Review, she called a pause on the use of Pelvic Mesh whilst investigating three interventions in the UK – Surgical Mesh Devices, Sodium Valproate, and Primodos. NICE had asked for the links to Welsh Mesh Survivors, alongside other UK Mesh Support Groups, in order to publish their up-dated guidelines into the use of Pelvic Mesh.
When I read your blog about Jane Akre and Periscope and the website ‘Mesh Victims United’ I noticed that there was a section called ‘Resources’ I clicked onto that page and was shocked to the core; Many of the multi-national Support Group Sites and pages were there, not only that – the NAMES of all of the Founders and Admins of the Groups had been publicly published and also membership numbers, the largest Group of 8,000, in the UK, being highlighted! There was even a telephone number printed on the page. I wondered did they know?
I was thanking God that I hadn’t handed the links out on Welsh Mesh Group before … but I was soon to see that my other Groups were involved.
I have contact with Mesh Survivors from all over the world, so I spoke to quite a few of the Group Admins and we discovered that no-one amongst us, the people I had spoken to, had given our permission for the names of our Groups and Admins to be added to the MVU Resources page! We were also astounded that this websites main contributor was Periscope. Even some their own Group Members did not know this (I was one!)
We were really upset because we all know that many of the Mesh-injured are in litigation with Mesh Manufacturers and Surgeons. We felt that this could have jeopardised their legal cases. We also felt we were being set up as a platform to lead unknown Lawyers to our door – Periscope is advertised on the MVU website as one of it’s main contributors.
Global Mesh Survivors United in demanding that our sensitive information, our groups and Admin names be removed, obliterated from the Resources Page.
We were met with unbelievably self-righteous comments and even though the MVU site says “Open all hours for donations” We soon realised that they were NOT open or available to hear our complaints!
Any comments that we left on their website were deleted, and even comments made to Board Members personal pages. We then had a message from one of the Board Members to say that the Board Members were on Retreat and that I that was spoiling their last day! We knew that they were at Panama Beach AND had access to WiFi, as they were deleting comments, or sending patronising messages – “Dear So-and So, Perhaps you didn’t understand my message …”
Some Board Members lied and they repeatedly asked WHY we wanted our sensitive data removed!! …
Do we really have to spell it out? We did not give permission. We are insulted by the blasé way in which we were being used, AND by the fact that, due to a lack of moral respect and ethics they would not grant us the RIGHT, as set out by data protection ( updated 2018 in the UK) in most countries, to have our information either redacted, or removed.
Those of us who were very upset at this disappointing betrayal of trust, are now happy to say that after a three day repeated demand for our Groups to be removed from the Mesh United Victims Group and their Website, many of them were FINALLY removed.
There are still some people and Groups to contact to make aware, and ask were they fully informed and consented (where have we heard THAT phrase before?!!) We did not want a ‘Witch-Hunt’, our main objective was to have all of our sensitive information removed from public scrutiny – we do not want to be seen as VICTIMS OR AS A RESOURCE – A commodity of Cash Cows for Board Members to possibly milk!