Save-A-Life Foundation v. Baratz, No. 2007-CH-12022 (Ill. Cir. Ct. filed May 3, 2007).

Save-A-Life Foundation, Inc. v. Heimlich et al, No. 1:08-cv-06022 (N.D. Ill.

Status: Withdrawn

The Chicago-based foundation Save-A-Life Foundation, which teaches and promotes the use of the “Heimlich maneuver” has sued three critics of the first aid procedure and its creator, Dr. Henry Heimlich. Among the critics named in the suit is Jason Harp, who maintains the “Cincinnati Beacon” blog (, and Peter Heimlich, Henry Heimlich’s son, who maintains his own website ( The foundation is also seeking an injunction against the critics’ comments. In its amended complaint, the foundation added American Broadcasting Company, WLS-TV in Chicago, and WLS reporter Chuck Goudie as defendants over two WLS-TV stories on the controversy. In January 2009, the case was moved to federal court.

In July 2009, the plaintiff voluntarily withdrew the case.

Links and Court Documents:,1,7964289.story?coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed

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