Issue #1 – IDAF’s False Information on Big Box Complaints
This issue begins our Lie Detector series, where we will expose the cartel’s deliberate attempts to mislead the design community, students, legislators and the public; we will provide truthful and factual documentation as to why their claims are false.
Historically, the Interior Design Associations Foundation of Florida (IDAF) has disseminated false information; IDPC has consistently invalidated their assertions:
As a direct result of our bringing IDAF’s egregiously false and inflammatory website material to the attention of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, the IDAF link was removed from the DBPR website Board of Architecture and Interior Design page and no longer recognized as a legitimate resource. (http://www.idpcinfo.org/DBPR_IDAF_Link_Removal.pdf)
Unfortunately, public rebuke has produce neither remorse nor retraction from IDAF, and the flow of misinformation continues, so over the next few weeks, IDPC will, one by one, strike down their falsities and provide the design community with well-supported information.
1. Big Box Complaint Source
Clark Neily, senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, filed the Locke vs. Shore lawsuit in Florida on behalf of the plaintiffs. He absolutely, indisputably did NOT file a complaint against Staples, OfficeMax or Office Depot. In his deposition of David Minacci, prosecutor for the Board of Architecture and Interior Design, he asked him whether it was a “violation” for Staples to offer space planning services on its website without a certificate of authority. Minacci confirmed that, yes, that is a violation of §481 Fla. Statute. Neily then followed up with a written Interrogatory showing that OfficeMax and Office Depot were doing the same thing and asked (1) what actions, if any, the Board had taken with respect to those apparent violations and (2) if not steps had been taken to investigate those apparent violations, why not. Neily’s inquires merely pointed out the hypocrisy that the Board was not going after large corporations in the same aggressive manner that they were prosecuting small business entrepreneurs. This is just another example of the disingenuous, deliberate spread of misinformation that has been standard operating procedure on this issue.
See link below to read Interrogatory (No. 22); you can also find the Minacci deposition on the IJ website. Again, as you will clearly see, all Mr. Neily did was point out that Staples, OfficeMax, and Office Depot are all providing exactly the same kinds of services (including particularly “space planning”) that mom-and-pop office furniture dealers all over the state have been prosecuted for doing.
It’s pure foolishness to consider it to be a crime for Staples to do business in Florida – in exactly the same way as they do in 47 states – and neither Mr. Neily nor IDPC have any complaints about how they do business. But it is certainly inappropriate for the Board to only pick on folks that can’t fight back, which seems to have been its M.O. until Neily called them out.
Again, no complaint was ever filed by Clark Neily. Period.
2. Majority Complaint Origination
The IDPC has obtained a list of all the Board’s investigatory files, and I can tell you that IDAF’s assertion that “most complaints filed against interior designers ” come from building officials, consumers, or clients – is 100% FALSE.
As the current president of IDAF, Janice Young is responsible for insuring that their website contains truthful information; we hereby publically request that Ms. Young:
1. Provide documentation of a formal request to investigate Staples et al originating from Clark Neily or remove that blatantly false information from the IDAF website.
2. List the factual basis she has for asserting where the filed complaints originated, including links to the information so that we can confirm what she’s saying is actually true – or remove the blatantly false information from the IDAF website and stop misleading the public.
Patti Morrow Executive Director
For frequent updates, be sure to check:
Florida page (http://www.idpcinfo.org/Florida.html) on IDPC website
The Home page (http://www.idpcinfo.org/index.html) on IDPC website
The IDPC blog (http://idpcinfo.wordpress.com/)
Interrogatory No. 22 http://ij.org/images/pdf_folder/economic_liberty/fl_interior_design/additional_docs/exhibit-5.pdf
 Minacci deposition http://www.ij.org/images/pdf_folder/economic_liberty/fl_interior_design/additional_docs/deposition-david_minacci.pdf
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