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Reference materials Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP)
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Jul 30, 1987
Court ruling could affect local Scientology case — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Apr 30, 1987
The 'extended sting operation' of Scientology — The Listener
Type: Press
Author(s): John Penycate
Source: The Listener
Panorama's investigation into the Scientologists revealed an organisation which uses its founder's 'mixture of half-practical, half-gobbledegook psychological techniques' to draw large sums of money from its adherents, with threatening consequences if they opt out. Religious cults are a problem. They enslave the minds and empty the pockets of gullible young people, causing heartfelt grief to their families. The Moonies, the Children of God and the other cults have a poor public image, but they almost always operate within the law. The ...
Item contributed by: Martin Poulter
Apr 27, 1987
Panorama: Road to Total Freedom — BBC News
More: transcript
Type: TV
Source: BBC News
Description of video is in italics. VO=VOICEOVER shot of Church of Scientology, Los Angeles; apparently group of ex-members VOICEOVER: The Church of Scientology, one of the largest and richest new religious movements, is being sued for a billion dollars by former members for fraud and breach of trust. They regard Scientology as a dangerous cult. group of Scientologists VO: Yet the church goes on expanding, making converts and claiming it is "The Road to Total Freedom". ''"Panorama" opening credits; while music ...
Tag(s): Annie M. Tidman (aka Annie Broeker aka Annie Logan aka Lisa Mitchell)Apollo (formerly, "Royal Scot Man"; often misspelled "Royal Scotman", "Royal Scotsman")AssaultAuditingAuthor Services, Inc. (ASI) (dba, Galaxy Press) (subsidiary of Church of Spiritual Technology)BBC NewsBlackmailBody thetans (BTs)Church of Scientology International (CSI)Confidential preclear (PC) folderCostCyril Ronald VosperDavid MiscavigeDavid Miscavige: physical violenceDede ReisdorfDeprogrammingDianeticsDisconnectionDon LarsonDoreen Lea GillhamE-MeterExtortionFair gameFort Harrison Hotel (also, Flag Land Base) @ 210 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesFrank NotaroFranklin FreedmanFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationFront groupsHana Eltringham WhitfieldHarassmentHarold ClarkeHeber C. JentzschInurementJeffrey A. DubronJerry WhitfieldJohn TravoltaJudge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.Ken HodenKidnappingL. Ron HubbardL. Ron Hubbard's credentialsL. Ron Hubbard's deathLawrence LevyLawsuitLouis Jolyon WestLudis BirssMary ClarkeMary Sue (Whipp) HubbardMembershipMV Freewinds (formerly, La Bohème)Narconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Nazi labellingNorman F. StarkeyOperating Thetan (OT)Patrick D. "Pat" Broeker (aka Mike Mitchell)Private investigator(s)Protest, picketRecruitmentReligious cloakingReligious Research Foundation (RRF)Ruth ClarkeSaint Hill Manor @ East Grinstead (UK)Scientology's "Clear" stateScott MayerSea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Supernatural abilities (aka OT powers)Suppressive person (SP)Thea GreenbergThreatTraining Routines (TRs)United Kingdom (UK)Valerie StansfieldWogXenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)
Apr 21, 1987
Scientologists must post $60 million bond — Los Angeles Herald Examiner (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Deborah Hastings
Source: Los Angeles Herald Examiner (California)
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to exempt the Church of Scientology of California from posting a bond of up to $60 million while the church appeals a Los Angeles jury award. The organization contends the bond payment will drive it into bankruptcy. Without comment, the high court rejected the Scientology case, which sought to void state law requiring the church to post bond while it appeals a $30 million damages award to former Scientologist Larry Wollersheim, who claimed the church ...
Apr 21, 1987
Scientology appeal rejected — Daily News
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Daily News
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court let stand Monday a ruling that could force the Church Scientology of California to post a $60 million bond — an amount the church said would bankrupt it — to appeal a judgment against it. The court refused to hear arguments in the case, brought by the church seeking review of a California appeals court ruling. "We feel it's a grave injustice,” said Kathleen Thorn, president of the Church of Scientology of California. She refused to ...
Apr 21, 1987
Supreme court turns down Scientology plea / Way cleared for former member to start seizing church assets to satisfy award of $30 million — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: scientology-lies.com, link
Type: Press
Author(s): David G. Savage, Joel Sappell
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
The Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed pleas by the Church of Scientology of California for relief from having to post a bond of up to $60 million to guard its assets against seizure while it appeals a huge Los Angeles jury award. Scientology lawyers have argued that payment of the bond would plunge the church into bankruptcy. But the state court judge who presided over the jury trial contends that the controversial organization's claims of poverty are untrue. The Supreme Court's ...
Jan 2, 1987
Church of Scientology is sued for $1 billion — New York Times
Type: Press
Source: New York Times
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 1 — More than 400 current and former members of the Church of Scientology have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the church, accusing it of trying to compromise or pay off two Florida judges and siphon $100 million to foreign bank accounts. The suit, filed Wednesday by Lawrence Levy, a lawyer, contends that church officials or their representatives committed fraud and breached fiduciary duties. It says information obtained in purportedly confidential auditing sessions with a lie detector-like ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jan 1, 1987
6 ex-Scientologists file $1-billion suit over funds, secrets — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Joel Sappell, Robert W. Welkos
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Former members of the Church of Scientology filed a $1-billion class-action lawsuit against the organization Wednesday, accusing its late founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and a cadre of his most trusted aides of plundering church coffers, intimidating critics and breaching the confidentiality of sacred confessional folders. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court at a time when the church had hoped that its legal wars with its critics had been put largely to rest. Two weeks ago, the organization reached ...
Jan 1, 1987
Scientology hit with suit for $1 billion — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Tampa Tribune (Florida)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 400 current and former Scientologists filed a $1 billion suit against the church Wednesday, alleging efforts to compromise or pay off two Florida judges and siphon $100 million to foreign bank accounts. The class action filed by attorney Lawrence Levy contends Church officials or their representatives committed fraud and breached fiduciary duties. It says information obtained during purportedly confidential "auditing" sessions with a lie detector-like device is used "for purposes of blackmail and extortion." The ...
Dec 1, 1986
NAACP joins Scientology church in court battle — Jet (magazine)
Sep 23, 1986
Court may disbar lawyer linked to Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Aug 23, 1986
Scientologists sail protest to Capitol — Los Angeles Herald Examiner (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Los Angeles Herald Examiner (California)
SACRAMENTO (AP) — About 500 protesters went to the Capitol yesterday to demand exemption of churches from punitive damages in lawsuits. The Church of Scientology members and sympathizers sang songs from the 1960s black freedom protests in the South as they arrived in port after a 120-mile trip from San Francisco. A 78-foot sailing ship and others in the 30-vessel armada sported banners like, "The Sun Never Sets on Scientology." Clad in T-shirts proclaiming the effort a "Religious Freedom Crusade," they ...
Aug 23, 1986
[The Danish High Court awarded the Church of Scientology ...] — Weekly Challenger (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Weekly Challenger (Florida)
The Danish High Court awarded the Church of Scientology in Denmark over 1.4 million Danish Kroner in damages against three apostate members from England. The damages award, one of the highest amounts ever awarded in a Danish court, was the result of a case brought against former church members for their involvement in the theft of sacred upper level church Scriptures from the church in Denmark. In December 1983, Robin Scott returned to Denmark and was subsequently arrested and taken to ...
Aug 22, 1986
1,000 Scientologists rally // March on Capitol ends long journey to support bill — Sacramento Bee (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Clark Brooks
Source: Sacramento Bee (California)
[Picture / Caption: Scientologists arrive Thrusday in Old Sacramento in a flotilla from San Francisco. The Tower Bridge had to be raised for many of the ships to pass, tying up traffic on both sides. About 1,000 Scientologists then marched to the state Capitol for a rally. Story on page B1.] Amid chants of "Religious freedom now," about 1,000 seafaring Scientologists docked Thursday in Old Sacramento and marched, single-file, to the state Capitol. They came in boats from San Francisco, completing ...
Aug 18, 1986
Scientologists settle 4 suits out of court — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Tampa Tribune (Florida)
TAMPA — The Church of Scientology has reached out-of-court settlements in four multimillion-dollar lawsuits but U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich has sealed the records in all cases. The settlements were reached in cases involving former Clearwater Mayor Gabe Cazares and his wife Maggie; Tanja C. Burden of Las Vegas; former Scientologists Nancy and John McLean of Ontario. Canada; and former Scientologist Margery Wakefield, whose address was unavailable. Tampa attorney Walt Logan, who represented the plaintiffs in all four cases, said ...
Aug 17, 1986
Church of Scientology settles in multimillion-dollar civil suits — Orlando Sentinel
Type: Press
Source: Orlando Sentinel
The Church of Scientology has reached out-of-court settlements in four multimillion-dollar civil suits, but details were ordered sealed by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich. Settlements were reached with former Clearwater Mayor Gabe Cazares, a Democratic candidate for Congress; Tanja Burden of Las Vegas; Nancy McLean of Ontario, Canada; and Margery Wakefield, no address available. Tampa attorney Walt Logan, who represented plaintiffs in all four cases, said the files were sealed Thursday over our objections. The Cazareses sued the church for $1.5 ...
Aug 16, 1986
Cazares, 3 others settle suits against Scientologists — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: news.google.com
Aug 13, 1986
Margery Wakefield vs. Church of Scientology of California, Inc.: Settlement agreement
Aug 12, 1986
'Expert' turns bad trial into bad verdict — Journal-American
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Ron Arnold
Source: Journal-American
Why do I have to spend so much time defending religions I don't belong to? I didn't really want a scrapbook of columns sticking up for persecuted Jews, Evangelical Christians, Muslims, Taoists, Native American Shamanists, Moonies and Scientologists, among others. The question that troubles me most, though, is why do I have to defend them from our own government? The reason, of course, is that I don't want the First Amendment repealed. And a Los Angeles jury did just that July ...
Aug 9, 1986
Scientology tenets not trade secrets, U.S. court rules — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Church of Scientology's confidential teachings are not protected by California trade secrets law, dealing a blow to the organization's hard-fought campaign to block former members from operating rival churches where courses are offered at a fraction of the cost. In its unanimous opinion, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the state law protects economic, but not religious, secrets. The ruling represents a second major setback in less ...
Jul 24, 1986
Scientology members protest $30-million damage award to ex-follower — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Jerry Belcher
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Hundreds of Scientologists were alternately exhorted and entertained Wednesday in the Los Angeles Civic Center during a highly organized protest against a $30-million jury award, which they claimed threatens the freedom, not only of their church, but of all religions in this country. The daytime turnout for the protest peaked shortly before noon, with about 850 members of the Church of Scientology marching in front of the Los Angeles County Courthouse on North Hill Street, bearing signs such as "Religious Beliefs ...
Jul 23, 1986
Ex-Scientologist wins $30 million in church suit — Los Angeles Herald Examiner (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Liz Mullen
Source: Los Angeles Herald Examiner (California)
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded $30 million to a former Scientologist, who claimed the church's religious practice of "auditing" caused him to suffer a nervous breakdown. Larry Wollersheim, 37, who was a member of the church for 11 years, was awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages by the 12-member jury. The trial started last February. "It's a tremendous verdict for human rights," said Leta Schlosser, Wollersheim's attorney. The Church of Scientology, she added, ...
Jul 23, 1986
Man is awarded $30-million in lawsuit against Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: news.google.com
Jul 23, 1986
Scientologists must pay $30 million to critical ex-member — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link, @L.A. Times, differs from scanned version
Type: Press
Author(s): Joel Sappell, Robert W. Welkos
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury Tuesday awarded $30 million in damages to a former member of the Church of Scientology who said the organization intentionally drove him to the edge of insanity and ruined him financially for criticizing the group. The 12-0 verdict in favor of Larry Wollersheim brought gasps from the Scientologists who packed Judge Ronald Swearinger's court-room, as they had throughout the bitterly contested five-month-long trial. Some sobbed. Wollersheim was awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $25 ...
Jun 22, 1986
Embattled Scientology boat moved to marina — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Annette Drolet
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
CLEARWATER — Part of its cabin had to be removed to make the journey manageable. But the Diana was on the move again Friday, this time bound for a Tarpon Springs marina. The Church of Scientology relocated its yacht dubbed Diana after obtaining a civil court order to take possession of the 53-foot ketch, valued at $40,000. The Scientologists contend in a lawsuit that a Clearwater boat repair-restoration shop kept the vessel "without reason" and planned to destroy, conceal or take ...
May 29, 1986
Was church cheated or part of a larger plot? — Lawrence-Eagle-Tribune
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Paul Van Osdol
Source: Lawrence-Eagle-Tribune
Four years ago, two men walked into a New York bank and tried to cash a $2 million check drawn on the Bank of New England account of L. Ron Hubbard, the head of the Church of Scientology. The bank refused to cash the check after it could not verify the signature. Since then, the church has been on the warpath to find out who forged their now-dead founder's check. It offered a $100,000 reward, bought full-page advertisements in the country's ...
May 14, 1986
2 charges dismissed in Scientology suit — New York Times
Type: Press
Source: New York Times
A judge has dismissed two key charges in a $25 million fraud suit brought by Larry Wollersheim, a former Scientologist who asserted the church wrecked him emotionally and financially with lies and harassment. The judge, Ronald Swearinger of Superior Court, threw out Mr. Wollersheim's claims of fraud and misrepresentation, two of the four causes of action in a 1980 civil suit that is now in its 12th week of trial. Mr. Wollersheim's attorney, Charles O'Reilly, said Judge Swearinger ruled Monday that ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
May 11, 1986
Travolta lauds Scientology — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
[Picture / Caption: JOHN TRAVOLTA . . . supports sect] LOS ANGELES — Actor John Travolta showed up in court to support the Church of Scientology, and told reporters, "It's been the reason I've been able to survive Hollywood." The organization is fighting a Superior Court lawsuit by former member Larry Wollersheim, who accused it of fraud and claimed it destroyed him financially and mentally.
Apr 27, 1986
Suit challenges tactics of church — New York Times
More: nytimes.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Marcia Chambers
Source: New York Times
A former official of the Church of Scientology, testifying at the trial of his suit charging the church with fraud, says church staff members engaged in a pattern of lies, tricks and deception in efforts to keep him from disclosing how the organization operates. The former official, Larry Wollersheim, who says the church should pay him $25 million in damages because it ruined him financially and emotionally, has spent three weeks testifying before a Superior Court jury here. For its part, ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 19, 1986
Park Ridge showdown parents protest firing of Montessori teachers — Chicago Sun Times
Type: Press
Source: Chicago Sun Times
Scientologists and opponents of cults waged a war of leaflets last night as more than 100 angry parents confronted two representatives of a Park Ridge Montessori school that fired five teachers in a furor over teaching materials. Claiming their children had been traumatized by the abrupt firings, some parents threatened a breach-of-contract lawsuit. Parents said two-thirds of the more than 200 students at the school were withdrawn because the teachers were fired when they refused to use books designed by the ...
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