Scientology has for a long time been a litigious organization. Here are some records from some of the lawsuits in which they’ve been engaged.
Operation Snow White
Eleven top Scientologists, including L. Ron Hubbard’s wife, went to prison for their parts in covert operations against the United States Government.
USA v Mary Sue Hubbard et al
USA v Jane Kember and Morris Budlong
Lisa McPherson – Criminal Case
Lisa McPherson died after being held for 17 days in Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida.
State of Fla. v. Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
Lisa McPherson – Civil Case
Lisa McPherson’s family launched a civil suit against Scientology.
Estate of Lisa McPherson v. Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
Gerry Armstrong was L. Ron Hubbard’s official archivist. Part of his official duties were to provide documents about L. Ron Hubbard’s background to Hubbard’s biographer. When those documents proved that Hubbard was lying about almost every aspect of his life, Scientology threw Armstrong out of the organization, declared him a Suppressive Person and set out to ruin his life.
Church of Scientology of California v. Gerald Armstrong
Order on Submitted Motions – May 4, 2001
Lawrence Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of California
Former Scientologist Steven Fishman and his psychologist Dr. Uwe Geertz were sued by Scientology after they were interviewed by Time magazine for a cover story about Scientology, “The Cult of Greed and Power.”
It was in this trial that the formerly secret upper levels of Scientology were entered into evidence and thus released to the public.
Cult Awareness Network
Scientology successfully sued CAN into bankruptcy and took over the name, phone munbver and records of the group. Now when someone calls CAN looking for help, the phone is answered by a Scientologist.
Scientology v. CAN
Grady Ward was sued by Scientology for posting their copyrighted material on the internet newsgroup, alt.religion.scientology.
RTC v. Ward
Howd v. Minton
One of Scientology’s tactics is to “bull-bait” someone into an action that can be used against that individual. In October of 1999, Richard Howd from Scientology’s investigative unit, the Office of Special Affairs, followed Bob Minton throughout the day from Bob’s arrival at the Tampa Airport to a picket at the Fort Harrison Hotel. During that picket, Bob was provoked into a response that brought a battery charge against him.
After a two day trial Bob was found not guilty and jury members told the press they felt it was a set-up.
State of Fla. v. Robert S. Minton
The Clearwater 13
Scientology tried to use the injunction, put in place after the Minton vs Howd incident, to stop all peaceful protests against Scientology in Clearwater, Florida.
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization vs. Robert S, Minton et al.
Jesse Prince was the former second-in-command of Scientology and has been instrumental in exposes the abuses of the leadership of Scientology. While working for the LMT in Clearwater, Florida, Jesse was “befriended” by a Scientology-hired Private Investigator who altered the police that there was a marijuana plant on Jesse’s porch.
The resulting trial included testimony from three of Scientology’s Private Investigators who were hired to follow Jesse and other members of the LMT on a daily basis. The lead PI in Clearwater, Brian Raftery, testified that he was paid $187,000 a year by Scientology for these services.
State of Florida v. Jesse Prince
While in Chicago to interview two dentists who had been defrauded by Scientology, I was arrested on a public sidewalk and charged with criminal trespassing. Scientology’s attorney, Elliott Abelson, worked closely with the Illinois prosecutors while Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs provided folders of “dead-agent” materials to be used against me.
State of Illinois v. Mark Bunker
Ursula Caberta is a German government official in charge of watching over Scientology. When she visited Clearwater, Florida as a guest of the Lisa McPherson Trust, a German Scientologists hit her with a nuisance lawsuit.
Heller v. Caberta
Minton v. Church of Scientology et al
In the matter of libelous information printed about Minton in Freiheit. Scientologist defendants to pay 500,000 DM or 6 months in jail.
Berlin State court decision – 3/27/01
Scientology Community of Freiburg vs. City of Freiburg – Public Codes Office
In the matter of Order denying use of street
Freiburg Administrative Court decision – 6/6/94
The decision concerning a fine was overturned – 6/6/94
Scientology Mannheim vs. Karlsruehe Executive Presidium (Regierungspraesidum)
Regarding obligation to report commercially
Karlsruhen Administrative Court decision – 1/22/96
Chick Corea v. State of Baden-Wuerttemberg
Decision regarding negligence, revocation, and identification
Superior Administrative Court decision 10/15/96
Scientology Church Karlsruhe Mission vs. State of Baden-Wuerttemberg
Also included was a “Representative of the Public Interest” concerning withdrawal of legal capacity.
Karlsruhe Administrative Court decision 10/28/96
Dianetics Stuttgart Scientology Church, Inc. vs.
Stuttgart State Capitol – Office of Public Ordinances
Prohibiting use of street for body routing.
Stuttgart Administrative Court decision – 11/10/98