Mindy Kursban is Executive Director and General Counsel of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nationwide group of physicians and laypeople based in Washington, D.C., that promotes preventive medicine through promotion of a plant-based diet, and advocates effective and ethical standards. Since joining PCRM in August 1999, she has focused on reforming nutritional policy and food industry practices and eliminating the use of animals in medical research. Current PCRM lawsuits include a negligent representation, product liability, and unfair and deceptive trade practices suit against Atkins Nutritionals based on the harmful health effects of the controversial high-protein, low-carbohydrate regimen; a suit against Merck & Co. for its wrongful reliance on tests showing Vioxx was safe in animals while ignoring mounting evidence that the drug is dangerous to humans; and a false advertising claim against dairy industry trade groups and dairy food manufacturers for making scientifically unsubstantiated claims about the effect of dairy products on weight-loss. Mindy holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law. She is a co-founder and current chair of the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee.
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