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In Scientology, dancing in a conga line might end up costing you thousands

[Kiwis dancing in a conga line in order to pledge money on a whiteboard]

After the week we’ve had — with the heart-wrenching scenes with Bonny Elliott and Amy Scobee in Leah Remini’s A&E series, for example — we thought it would be good to start things off today with a little levity.

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In court today: Flop filmmakers who met in Scientology face 75 years for Ponzi scheme

[Michelle Seward and Dror Soref]

In Los Angeles Superior Court today, a preliminary hearing is scheduled in the criminal prosecution of two defendants with ties to Scientology who face 75 years in prison each for a bizarre illegal scheme to fund a failed 2009 Simon Baker film, Not Forgotten.

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How a new independent ‘church’ is trying to wrestle away control over the word ‘Scientology’

We asked our attorney and webmaster, Scott Pilutik, to help us understand what’s going on with the “First Independent Church of Scientology” and its effort to get a trademark on its name. We reported recently that tax exempt status was granted to FICoS, which is made up of former Church of Scientology members who […]

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Hillary Clinton has considered David Miscavige’s appeals lawyer for the US Supreme Court

  Over the last couple of weeks, several news organizations have written about a John Podesta email published by Wikileaks which suggests that even before US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead on February 13, the Hillary Clinton campaign had considered a replacement for him, an African-American attorney named Wallace Jefferson who […]

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Sister of L.A. Scientologist arrested for Muslim threats was Don Trump Jr’s executive assistant

[Katherine Feigin and Trump Winery manager Kerry Hannon Woolard working at Trump Tower]

“I’m not a Scientologist. I don’t have a gun. I’m a Democrat. I’m not part of this craziness at all,” Katherine Feigin told us tonight after we discovered that she had worked for Donald Trump Jr as his executive and personal assistant […]

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Trump supporter arrested for threatening to kill Muslims at L.A. Islamic center is a Scientologist

  The Los Angeles Police Department revealed yesterday that it had arrested a 40-year-old man named Mark Lucian Feigin on October 19 for making two calls to the Islamic Center of Southern California and threatening to kill people there. A search at Feigin’s home turned up a large arsenal of rifles and ammunition, and […]

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Trademark lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network settles weeks before trial

[Federal Judge Ronald A. White]

  What started out as a major lawsuit against 82 defendants connected with Scientology — including its leader, David Miscavige — has ended suddenly and will not be going to trial.

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What’s the worst that can happen when you sue Scientology? Here’s one frightening example.

  It’s the kind of nightmare courtroom scenario that keeps all but a few lawyers from going near litigation with the Church of Scientology.

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SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: California Supreme Court rejects appeal in forced-abortion lawsuit

  More than seven years after Laura DeCrescenzo filed her lawsuit alleging abuse at the hands of the Church of Scientology, she has moved one step closer to a trial with the latest rejection of a Scientology time-wasting appeal.

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Vance Woodward’s appeal fails as Scientology has the L.A. attorney on the hook for $90,000

  Vance Woodward is one of our favorites here at the Underground Bunker. We greatly enjoyed the book he wrote about his time in Scientology (now no longer for sale), and he helped us write one of our favorite series, as we blogged L. Ron Hubbard’s 1950 classic Dianetics from cover to cover.

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