Stealing Test Questions? FSMTB Initiates Litigation

By Editorial Staff
2017-11-1

Stealing Test Questions? FSMTB Initiates Litigation

By Editorial Staff
2017-11-1

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards has filed suit in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, against multiple parties for theft and sale of Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) questions. The litigation against Mendez Master Training Center, Inc., in California; MMTC Texas, Inc.; Tesla Shen Mendez, Jorge Mendez, Hua Sun, David Lin, and other unnamed John Doe defendants, alleges multiple violations including copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract.

According to an FSMTB press release announcing the litigation, through analysis of the programs in question, tips from informants and subsequent investigation, the federation "discovered that Elaine and Jorge Mendez, through their training centers, MMTC and MMTC Texas, and with the assistance of the individual defendants Sun and Lin, and other unnamed John Doe defendants, perpetrated a scheme to reproduce and sell MBLEx questions, complete with answer choices, to student test takers."

"FSMTB is prepared to utilize the full extent of legal measures when necessary in order to protect the integrity of the examination and licensure process," said Debra Persinger, PhD, executive director of the FSMTB, in a statement provided to Massage Today. "It is a responsibility that we take very seriously as a means to support our members in protecting the public from unqualified individuals attempting to practice massage."