Court orders publisher OMICS to pay U.S. gov’t $50 million in suit alleging “unfair and deceptive practices”

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has won a judgment against a publisher and conference organizer that has been widely viewed as predatory.

As reported in brief by Courthouse News Service, U.S. District of Nevada Judge Gloria M. Navarro ordered OMICS International to pay the U.S. government $50,130,810. Among other findings, Navarro writes:

The uncontroverted evidence in the record therefore demonstrates that Defendants have made numerous express and material misrepresentations regarding their journal publishing practices.

OMICS is

hereby permanently restrained and enjoined from making any representation, expressly or by implication, regarding the Impact Factor or Impact Score of any journal or publication, unless the representation is (a) non-misleading and (b) Clearly and Conspicuously discloses (1) whether the Impact Factor or Impact Score is calculated by Clarivate Analytics (or its successor) and (2) if the Impact Factor or Impact Score is not calculated by Clarivate Analytics (or its successor), who calculated that Impact Factor or Impact Score and how that Impact Factor or Impact Score is or was calculated.

Read the entire judgment here.

Following the suit’s filing in August 2016, The FTC won an initial ruling in September 2017, prohibiting OMICS from engaging in “deceptive practices” but not banning them from publishing or organizing conferences.

OMICS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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7 thoughts on “Court orders publisher OMICS to pay U.S. gov’t $50 million in suit alleging “unfair and deceptive practices””

  1. Interesting political fallout for a S. Korean participant OMICS’s conferences:

    “Two of [South Korean] President Moon Jae-in’s nominees for minister jobs are no longer in the running because of alleged ethical lapses.

    It’s the first time any of President Moon’s nominations have fallen through.

    His nominee for science minister, Cho Dong-ho, had been criticized in his confirmation hearing for taking part in a scientific conference organized by a publishing company, OMICS International, widely believed to be fraudulent or even criminal.”

    http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=234319

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