May 3, 2000
David S. Touretzky
Computer Science Department & Center for the
Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891
Attn. Mirror Site Operator
Re: Tortious Interference With Amay's Contractual Relationships by
Dear Mr. Touretzky:
You are misinformed as to the legality of your actions. As alleged in our Michigan Complaint, Procter & Gamble encouraged, paid for, and otherwise asisted, aided and abetted, and conspired with Schwartz in his malicious attacks against Amway. Procter & Gamble competes with Amway in a number of product categories. As such, there certainly is a commercial aspect to the Schwartz web site, which you republish. Such tortious conduct is actionable under federal and state laws.
We are interested in any contacts that you have had with Schwartz or Procter & Gamble. If you truly are not "selling anything, buying anything, or giving anything away," your correspondence should reflect this fact. If, instead, you have been acting in concert with Schwartz and Procter & Gamble, a different conclusion must be drawn. Please provide this information.
Mr. Touretzky, we have been patient in expressing our problems with your web site. In return, you have responded with name-calling and vulgarity. Frankly, we are surprised at such a response from a professor of a respected university. Nevertheless, you have been placed on notice. After the successful conclusion of the pending Michigan litigation, you can expect to be subjected to legal liability.
Timothy Q. Delaney