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Jeff Harris files class-action lawsuit against Scientology and Narconon alleging fraud

Discussion in 'Narconon' started by The Wrong Guy, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. BigBeard Member

    Since NN Int is involved, this could turn around and bite NN/Cof$ in the ass if it opens the class action up to all NN Int "students", and not just those who attended NN GA.

    BigBeard
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  2. moarxenu Member

    Since RTC is involved I hope they put David Miscavige's ass in jail.
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  3. rickybobby Member

    I'd be happy with a nice, long, difficult, thorough deposition. The process of discovery is going to be DELICIOUS.
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  4. RightOn Member

    also no cameras allowed in fed court
  5. ravenanon Member

    darn it that blows
  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology’s Drug Rehab Fights Class-Action Lawsuit With Move to Federal Court « The Underground Bunker

    In June, Atlanta attorney Jeff Harris filed a class-action lawsuit against Scientology and its drug rehab network, Narconon, with seven named plaintiffs who are alleging fraud, deceptive practices, and negligence.

    Harris had earlier handled a wrongful death lawsuit against Narconon Georgia following the 2008 overdose death of Patrick Desmond, a patient and employee of the Atlanta-area rehab center. The lawsuit was settled this past February, but documents that Harris obtained helped launch ongoing local and state investigations of credit card and insurance fraud, and resulted in a raid of the facility by law enforcement agents.

    Now, Scientology is fighting back against the class-action lawsuit by having it removed to federal court and filing multiple motions to dismiss. We have the documents.

    Continued with open comments at
    http://tonyortega.org/2013/07/15/sc...ss-action-lawsuit-with-move-to-federal-court/
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  7. RightOn Member

    "First, the contract plainly shows that NNGA did not promise a “drug-free environment;” rather, it imposed rules of conduct and discipline on its students that were intended to promote a drug-free environment. That the Student Rules of Conduct state, for example, “[n]on-prescribed drugs and alcohol are forbidden to be brought into the Narconon facility,” indicates that, while the NNGA aspired to be a “drug-free environment,” NNGA was not insuring a “drug-free environment.”"

    everyone together.... WTF?
    they are selling themselves as a drug rehab center
    This is one of the funniest things I have ever read by them.
    Thank you Scientology!
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  8. RightOn Member

    and shouldn't NNGA state that they do not INSURE a drug free environment on their website and all other PR?
    AND when they are recruiting if this is the case?
  9. Anonymous Member

    Is that a typo and should it be 'ensure'? 'Insure' is like insurance the financial instrument, and would make the sentence read very differently.
  10. Anonymous Member

    Narconon DOES advertise a drug free environment;

    The most important components of running a rehab are seen in the subjects of treatment methods, a drug free environment and the efficacy of its staff.

    [mod edit: please don't directly link to scientology websites]

    narconon.org/blog/narconon/the-most-important-components-of-running-a-rehab/

    The staff administer relaxation techniques and reorientation processes that help relieve the aches and pains of withdrawal and assist the recovering person to better relate to his new and drug-free environment.

    narconon.org/drug-rehab/georgia/lawrenceville.html



    And they provide a secure and safe environment;

    This is also a transition period for the person who has been addicted to drugs to reorient himself to the world around him, and build up his body with good nutrition, rest and relaxation in a secure, safe environment

    narconon-news.org/drug-rehab/ga.html
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  11. Anonymous Member

    I find it interesting that Narconon does not have a problem using their success rate studies for the individuals facilities yet according to ABLE therefore Narconon Int. does not get involved with the specific treatment.

    Narconon International, in its motion to dismiss, criticizes the Harris complaint for accusing Narconon of hiding its connections to Scientology. The plaintiffs should be focused on the contracts the former patients signed, the defendant suggests, and those contracts were with the local Narconon, not Narconon International.

    ABLE, in its motion to dismiss, also says it was not involved in the specific treatment given patients at Narconon Georgia. It merely licenses Narconon trademarks to Narconon International, who in turn licenses them to the local rehab centers. “Notably, there are no specific allegations of any actions taken by ABLE in the Complaint. ABLE is merely an add-on party to a complaint that focuses on the actions of other Defendants,” the memorandum supporting the motion says.

    http://tonyortega.org/2013/07/15/sc...ss-action-lawsuit-with-move-to-federal-court/
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  12. Anonymous Member

    Latest news from RFTTP:
    http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,12497.msg32195.html#msg32195

    First judge recuses himself:

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    ORDER OF RECUSAL. Judge J. Owen Forrester recused. Case reassigned to Judge Steve C Jones for all further proceedings NOTICE TO ALL COUNSEL OF RECORD: The Judge designation in the civil action number assigned to this case has been changed to 1:13-cv-2217-SCJ. Please make note of this change in order to facilitate the docketing of pleadings in this case. The Clerk of Court should assign a new case to replace this one. Signed by Judge J. Owen Forrester on 7/15/2013. (jtj) (Entered: 07/16/2013)

    Info on the new judge:
    http://onlineathens.com/stories/031311/new_798850074.shtml
    http://onlineathens.com/stories/071510/new_675970635.shtml
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_C._Jones
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  13. rickybobby Member

    Waiting for someone who may know to give a clue about the meaning of this recusal, if any. Was there any motion for recusal or did the judge recuse himself?
  14. moarxenu Member

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  15. Anonymous Member

  16. DeathHamster Member

    It's not a proper Scientology case unless they swap judges at least once.
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  17. eddieVroom Member

    So far as I can tell, Hubbard wasn't big on critical thinking skills. He liked to present himself *as* scholarly, but his record betrays him. No wonder his emulators fail.



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  18. patriot75 Member

    DOX: Class-Action Plaintiffs Aim at David Miscavige’s Total Control of Scientology


    Harris Last week, we reported that Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, had removed a class-action lawsuit filed against it in Georgia to federal court, and had filed multiple motions to dismiss it.

    Now, the plaintiffs in that suit, led by their attorney, Jeff Harris, have hit back with a detailed briefing explaining why they’re suing not only Narconon, but the Religious Technology Center — Scientology’s controlling entity, which is led by the church’s top official, David Miscavige.

    Harris attached 31 exhibits of Scientology’s own publications and internal documents in an attempt to show that Miscavige wields total control of the Scientology empire, down to local drug rehab centers like the one in the Atlanta area, Narconon Georgia, that is the focus of this suit.

    We have all of those exhibits, and we think you’ll agree it’s one of the most comprehensive assaults on Scientology’s real structure in many years.

    The plaintiffs are alleging fraud, deceptive practices, and negligence after contracting with Narconon Georgia for rehab services, typically for a member of their family. But as we’ve been reporting over the last year, it turns out that just about every step of Narconon’s business model contains a level of deception — prospective clients are not told about Narconon’s connections to the Church of Scientology, for example, and usually have no idea that patients receive beginning Scientology training rather than drug counseling.

    In fact, former Narconon executives tell us that Scientology officials keep tight control of the Narconon network, which has been a reliable cash cow for the church in recent years. Former officials Luke Catton and Eric Tenorio tell us that officials of the church would constantly call local facilities for updates about cash flow.

    But now that it is facing a class-action lawsuit, the church is following its usual strategy, and in several motions to dismiss filed on July 12, denied that Scientology’s top entity, RTC, had anything to do with the Narconon network and should be let out of the lawsuit. (Motions to dismiss were also filed for Narconon Georgia, its umbrella group Narconon International, and its umbrella group, the Association for Better Living and Education.)

    Now, Harris is attempting to show the court in this new filing that Narconon — like all other Scientology enterprises — is controlled from the top, by Miscavige and the RTC.
    Although Defendant RTC has attempted to formally separate itself from the activities of the Church of Scientology and the other Defendants, a matter emphasized on its Motion to Dismiss, Defendant RTC does not act consistently with these formalities. To the contrary, as set forth herein, Defendant RTC: holds out the Narconon rehabilitation program as its own, promotes Narconon program to the public, and exercises control over the way in which individual Narconon centers operate. Ultimately, Defendant RTC has sought to promote and expand the Narconon program as part of its goal to expand the reach of Scientology and “clear the planet” of non-Scientologists…Defendant RTC’s Chairman of the Board, David Miscavige, is the current leader of the Church of Scientology and its many affiliated organizations, having assumed that role shortly after Hubbard’s death in 1986. In fact, the Church of Scientology, through Miscavige’s subordinate, Sue Wilhere, publicly declared to the St. Pete Times newspaper that “Mr. Miscavige is Scientology.”

    moar hear DOX DOX DOX http://tonyortega.org/2013/07/25/cl...rate-david-miscaviges-control-of-scientology/
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  19. Anonymous Member

    In response to TonyO's article, from the comment section comes this tasty bit:

    <3 you muchly Denise.
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  20. Anonymous Member

    Juicy out-of-court settlement in 3...2...1....
  21. Anonymous Member

  22. wolfbane Member

    From the Opposition to ABLE dox....

    "Unjust Enrichment"

    What a lovely phrase!
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  23. RolandRB Member

    This is going to get expensive and I guess they will have to sell some of those beautifully reconditioned Idea Orgs that their caring parishioners donated to them.
  24. anon4eva Member

    Yes, and I hope those judges keep a close eye on their pets and their trash cans....ala IRS-to stop the desperate OSA flunkies
    and PI's from digging and intimidating.. It ain't the 80's or 90's anymore COS-
  25. anon4eva Member

    Thought with a federal RICO case you cannot settle financially? Or is that wishful thinking? off to google!
  26. eddieVroom Member

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  27. The Wrong Guy Member

    Another Document That Establishes an RTC-Narconon Link

    By Tony Ortega

    Yesterday, we brought to you the lengthy response that Jeff Harris put into the court record opposing Scientology’s motions to dismiss in the federal class-action lawsuit in Georgia against Scientology and its drug rehab network, Narconon.

    Scientology’s controlling entity, the Religious Technology Center (RTC), is trying to get out of the lawsuit by saying it has nothing to do with Narconon — which is usually the church’s strategy.

    Harris’s briefing came with 31 exhibits of Scientology’s own documents establishing the control that RTC has over every level of Scientology, including its “social betterment” programs, which include Narconon.

    Now, a tipster has forwarded to us a 1987 document that we imagine Harris would like to see. Entitled “Social Coordination Strategy,” it uses the old name (Social Coordination, “SOCO”) for the social betterment programs under the umbrella of the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE).

    Its tone is strong: “Any idea that a SOCO group is there for any other reason than getting LRH’s tech out to society and replacing the unworkable tech that has been introduced, must be cast aside.”

    Most importantly, note the annotation near the end: “Authorized by AVC Int,” which we explained yesterday is a division of RTC — Authorization, Verification, and Correction.

    Thanks to our tipster for giving us this glimpse of RTC bluster:

    Continued at
    http://tonyortega.org/2013/07/26/scientology-your-proprietor-and-the-airwaves/
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  28. Random guy Member

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  29. Incredulicide Member

    Indeed, and the first official Scientology document I've seen that admits they are "FRONT GROUPS".
    Definitely worthy of being used for citation on wikipedia.
    Here's another one from the comments there: Front Groups1 - 1983.jpg
    Front Groups2 - 1983.jpg
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  30. Anonymous Member

    Primary source problem. You'll need to get a few news items or academic papers to talk about it and cite those instead.
  31. Anonymous Member

    fify
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  32. Anonymous Member

    SOCIAL COORDINATION INTERNATIONAL
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE
    SOCO INT ED 19


    TO : ALL SOCO GROUPS
    16th April 1987
    SOCO CONT SOCO INT

    INFO :
    FCB EXECS
    CLO EXECS
    ORG EXECS MISSION EXECS

    FROM: CO SOCO INT


    URGENT IMPORTANT
    SOCIAL COORDINATION STRATEGY

    The only reason LRHTM founded the network of SOCIAL COORDINATION was to directly get the technologies of Education, Drug Rehabilitation and the rehabilitation of criminals into wide use in the society and arrest the decline of the society, caused by a few people who introduced unworkable technology.

    This then also gives the only reason you are there, which is TO SELL LRH's TECH TO THE SOCIETY AND GET IT USED, as THE TECH to handle criminality, Drug Rehabilitation and Education.

    In a time of great social unrest, where drug use is at its peak, where the crime rate is consistently increasing, where children and adults are frantic about faulty education, there is one STABLE DATUM in all this : LRH's TECHNOLOGY.

    Unless a SOCO group concentrates on getting LRH's Tech out into the society, replacing unworkable tech, it will have a hard time. Getting this done by all SOCO groups is the prime interest of SOCO INT, te get the TECH into the society. There are various sales points to accomplish this : Sales to States, to Institutions, to individuals, to businesses etc.

    Every post on an org board has a role in accomplishing this.

    Anyone who backs this up and does it is totally safe on post and will be backed up.

    Anyone found not actively supporting or doing this will receive no mercy.

    The stats of posts and groups directly measure whether this is being done. And, if a group's stats are up it is direct proof that its execs and staff are oriented in getting LRHs tech out and used, and if they are down, it proves they are not.

    Any idea that a SOCO group is there for any other reason than getting LRH's tech out to society and replacing the unworkable tech that has been introduced, must be cast aside.

    You do have the policies on how to go about this. You definitely have the public demand. Who wants a drugged, criminal or stupid society except suppressives.

    In the teeth of the forces who work to destroy western civilisation, you will get nowhere until you begin to work as subversives of the planned subversion.

    The whole fields of law enforcement, drug handling and education aren't going bad through stupidity.

    We can handle it, insanity, drugs. To not sell the functions is to deny the world the tech.

    Always keep this in mind : YOU ARE THERE TO SELL LRH's TECH TO THE SOCIETY AND GET IT USED, AS THE TECH.

    You do this through a SMOOTH JOB OF PROMOTIONAL ORGANIZATION - FRONT GROUPS, CORPORATIONS, FIELD WORKERS, ETC. SOCO OFFICES ARE THERE TO ORGANIZE IT AND GET IT DONE.

    If you find that your post actions are not fully aligned to this, no matter what the post, and your post stats will tell the story, then you must change your operating basis, so that your post fully aligns with selling LRH's tech to the society and getting it used as the tech to handle crime and drug rehabilitation and education.

    Realize, that anyone who is trying to confuse you, by telling you to do other things which do not align with the above stable datum, is factually suppressing the mission we are on to accomplish, and is playing into the hands of the subverters of the fields of education, crime and drug handling.

    By actually sticking to the above stable datum, we will accomplish a total revolution in the fields of drugs, crime and education, and get LRH's tech used as THE tech to handle the above fields.

    What you need to do is very simple : you must do the functions of your post as laid out in LRH policy to the end result of selling LRH's tech to the society and getting it used as THE tech, and you must demand that the other staff in your group or organization do the same, so that maximum forward progress can be achieved.

    And by doing this we can't help but make LRH's Tech the only tech being used in the handling of drugs, crime and education, with all the unworkable tech out of use, including those that introduced it.

    This will bring us forward to a civilisation without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.


    Alois Eisenring COMMANDING OFFICER
    SOCO INTERNATIONAL

    Authorized by
    AVC INT



    AVCI: AE: rw
    © 1987 by SOCO Int
    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

    LRH is a trademark owned by Religious Technology Center and are used with its permission. Printed in U.S.A.


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  33. jensting Member

    In the criminal organisation known as the "church" of $cientology, it's always the 1940s. In the south of the US.
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  34. Anonymous Member

    That sounds a bit menacing.
  35. RightOn Member

    ditto dat
  36. eddieVroom Member

    Brother, you just said a cotton-pickin' mouthful.
  37. Random guy Member

    Well, according to their most dedicated member ever they "are not a turn the other cheek" kind of religion...
  38. Anonymous Member

  39. RightOn Member

    "Because something MUST be done about it"
    ...... or else!
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  40. The Wrong Guy Member

    Class-Action Plaintiffs Name David Miscavige on Witness List

    Last week, we told you that attorney Jeff Harris had bolstered the class-action lawsuit his clients had filed against Scientology and its drug rehab network, Narconon, with a slew of exhibits intended to show that church leader David Miscavige and the Religious Technology Center wield total control over the entire Scientology empire. This week, Harris has filed additional documents which appear to be mostly procedural about the scope and nature of the class action, but we noticed something we thought readers might find interesting.

    Harris submitted a list of witnesses with “discoverable information” — in other words, people that he may intend to depose — and it includes Miscavige.

    Now wouldn’t that be something, to see Miscavige probed about his various statements about how key Narconon’s growth is to Scientology’s overall expansion?

    Continued at
    http://tonyortega.org/2013/08/02/un...t-at-the-tomkat-project-get-your-tickets-now/
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