Judge Rejects Doctors’ Lawsuit Against Quackwatch Website

NEW YORK (AP) -

A New York judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit that two pioneers in the anti-aging movement brought against a Quackwatch website.

Manhattan federal Judge Paul Gardephe ruled Wednesday that Dr. Robert Goldman and Dr. Ronald Klatz failed to allege in their lawsuit that a website article about them was false.

The doctors are co-founders of the not-for-profit American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. They sued a retired psychiatrist and his Quackwatch website, saying they learned in 2014 that the defendants’ article appeared high in internet search results during searches of the doctors’ names.

The lawsuit says appearing on the website results in the false innuendo that the doctors are quacks.

The Quackwatch website describes itself as an international network of people concerned about health-related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies and misconduct.