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Apr 5, 2010 Judge dimisses wage claims in Scientology lawsuit — Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought against the Church of Scientology by a woman who alleged she worked 100-hour weeks for almost no pay for years while a member of Scientology's elite inner corps. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer issued a written order late Friday that dismissed the wage claims portion of Claire Headley's lawsuit. The judge did not address two other causes of action: allegations that the church coerces members of the inner ...
Mar 27, 2010 Ex-Scientology lawsuits reveal elite Sea Org group — Associated Press
SAN JACINTO, Calif. – At the edge of arid foothills far outside Los Angeles, hundreds of Scientology followers live on a gated, 500-acre campus and work long hours for almost no pay reproducing the works of founder L. Ron Hubbard and creating the church's teaching and promotional materials. The church says its 5,000 so-called Sea Organization members are religious devotees akin to monks who are exempt from wage requirements and overtime. But two lawsuits filed by two former Sea Org members, ...
Dec 18, 2009 Lawsuit alleges abuses at Golden Era — Valley Chronicle More: thevalleychronicle.com
WAGES SOUGHT: Scientology official denies conditions at compound described in the suit. A lawsuit seeking unspecified back wages describes the Scientology compound outside San Jacinto as a virtual prison camp in which workers are forced to put in long hours in exchange for little pay, to give up their children to a boarding school where they are taught only about Scientology, and to give up their right to communicate with those on the outside. Scientology spokeswoman Catherine Fraser declined an interview ...
Dec 2, 2009 Infinite Complacency: Kevin Mackey's Letter
Scientology’s relentless hard sell has driven some members to the edge of bankruptcy, wrote one former member who had experienced such tactics. [...]
Dec 1, 2009 Man says Scientologists enslaved him as boy — Courthouse News Service
Nov 26, 2009 Infinite Complacency: John Lindstein's lawsuit
Nov 25, 2009 John Lindstein v. David Miscavige, Church of Scientology International, Religious Technology Center, Does 1-20 (Case no. BC 426 872)
Nov 4, 2009 'Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle': Life at Scientology's secret headquarters — Village Voice
Apr 3, 2009 Infinite Complacency - 14 Laura Decrescenzo's Lawsuit
Apr 3, 2009 Scientology accused of human trafficking — Courthouse News Service
Courthouse News Service
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A woman accuses the Church of Scientology of human trafficking, obstructing justice, employment violations, discrimination and violation of privacy. Laura Ann DeCrescenzo says she signed her first "contract" with the church when she was 12, and did not "escape" until she had suffered 13 years of forced labor at less than minimum wage.
"There are two very different versions of Scientology," DeCrescenzo aka Laura Dieckman says in her Superior Court complaint. "There is the Scientology as presented ...
Apr 2, 2009 Laura Ann DeCrescenzo v. Church of Scientology International, and Does 1-20
Mar 25, 2009 Former Scientology film production employees allege labor violations — Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
Two former employees who worked more than a decade at the Church of Scientology's Golden Era Productions enclave near Hemet have filed lawsuits alleging the church violated federal and state labor laws and engaged in human trafficking.
Church of Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis called the lawsuits "utterly meritless," noting that hundreds of staff would boast about working conditions at the nearly 700-acre compound in Gilman Hot Springs.
"Working conditions at Gold Base are nothing short of spectacular," Davis said.
In separate ...
Jan 21, 2009 Claire Headley v. Church of Scientology International, Religious Technology Center (January 2009)
Jan 8, 2009 Infinite Complacency - 01 Marc Headley's lawsuit
Jan 5, 2009 Marc Headley v. Church of Scientology International (Case no. BC 404 958)
Jan 30, 1998 Special feature / An in-depth examination of Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of California, a remarkable case poised for another round of appellate review [article authored by the Church of Scientology International] — Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California) More:
link Feb 5, 1996 Church of Scientology of California v. Lawrence Wollersheim — Daily Appellate Report
Dec 1, 1994 Litigation noir // Ford Greene thought he knew all about hardball litigation. Then he sued the Church of Scientology. — California Lawyer More: link
It was a strange way to describe an aspect of a theology. But L. Ron Hubbard, the highly successful science-fiction writer who founded the Church of Scientology in the 1950s, had little tolerance for those who challenged his beliefs. And so it was, at one time, that Scientology scripture came to include an unusual litigation clause: "The only way to defend anything is to attack, and if you ever forget that, then you will lose every battle you are ever engaged ...
May 19, 1994 Declaration of Vicki Aznaran [post-settlement]
May 8, 1991 Centre business couple Time cover story — Cherokee County Herald (Alabama)
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