Cleary Gottlieb Files First-of-Its-Kind Lawsuit Against Conversion Therapy Provider for Fraudulent Business Practices

November 28, 2012

Cleary Gottlieb is working pro bono with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Lite DePalma Greenberg LLC on the first-ever lawsuit against providers of “conversion” therapy, sometimes called “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy. Conversion therapy claims that homosexuality is a disease, that it can be cured, and that conversion therapy is that cure. The lawsuit has been brought in New Jersey state court in Hudson County under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Cleary Gottlieb represents four young men (and two of their mothers) who paid the defendants for conversion therapy services based on defendants’ false, misleading and fraudulent claims, including that science showed conversion therapy worked, even though conversion therapy has been rejected by every mainstream mental health association as well as the World Health Organization. The complaint seeks, among other things, recovery of the costs of conversion therapy and the costs of legitimate therapy to remedy the harm done by the conversion therapy. The CFA allows for treble damages.