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  After more than a year since an oral hearing was held in the case, the Texas Third Court of Appeals has finally ruled in Monique Rathbun’s favor, denying the Church of Scientology’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling.

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Jonny Jacobsen: Reflecting on the first week of Scientology’s criminal trial in Belgium

We asked our man in Paris, Jonny Jacobsen, to give us some thoughts from his notebook about his first week covering Scientology’s criminal trial in Brussels. (That’s him with your proprietor this July.) Here’s his attempt to catch us up on what’s been happening…

Just recovering from the first week’s coverage of the trial and […]

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Scientology cries religious discrimination in appeal brief filed in Maryland zoning fight

In June, Scientology suffered an embarrassing defeat courtesy of the Frederick County Council in Maryland. You probably remember the drama as the council denied Scientology’s request that a 40-acre parcel of land it had purchased in 2013, known as “Trout Run,” be put on the county’s list of historic places. Why did Scientology care that […]

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Laura DeCrescenzo answers Scientology ‘religion’ gambit on eve of key hearing

Less than seven weeks away from a trial she’s been awaiting more than six years, Laura DeCrescenzo has to get over yet another hurdle this week placed in her way by the Church of Scientology.

Laura sued Scientology in 2009 claiming that she’d been abused in the church’s Sea Organization, and that she’d been forced […]

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‘Darth Xander’ files motion challenging Scientology’s anti-protesting injunction

  On Friday, Illinois attorney Alex Hageli, better known by his nom de guerre “Darth Xander,” filed a motion with the Pinellas County Circuit Court in Florida asking to dissolve the permanent injunction that the Church of Scientology managed to get against the Lisa McPherson Trust back in 2001.

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With a trial looming in 6-year forced-abortion lawsuit, Scientology cries ‘but we’re a religion!’

Laura DeCrescenzo

In 2013, the Underground Bunker provided live coverage as Laura DeCrescenzo’s forced-abortion lawsuit survived a major challenge by the Church of Scientology. Laura sued the church in 2009 because she alleges that she was abused as a “Sea Org” worker who, for example, was made to work 90-hour weeks for pennies an hour […]

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How Scientology sets up its members to find themselves helpless in court

We’ve provided a lot of detailed, step-by-step coverage of numerous lawsuits involving the Church of Scientology in recent years. They tend to involve large dollar amounts (as in the case of the Garcias, who say they were defrauded of about $440,000), or years of abuse (as in the case of Laura DeCrescenzo), or major legal […]

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Garcias’ appeal rejected; now the couple faces the real possibility of Scientology arbitration

Another setback for the Garcias, and this one seems to leave little else for them to do but to submit to Scientology’s internal arbitration scheme.

As we told you earlier, Luis and Rocio Garcia appealed the ruling by federal Judge James Whittemore granting Scientology’s motion to compel the Garcias to use the church’s arbitration process […]

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Scientology’s day care from hell: The scandal the church managed to keep hidden — until now

Written by Tony Ortega | Illustrations by Chad Essley

  Ellen was driving back from an outing in San Diego with her daughter when she got the call. [“Ellen” is not her real name, but this account is exactly how she told it to us.]

It was Julian, an ethics officer at Scientology’s “org” […]

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Monique Rathbun: Hey, Texas court, here’s something to chew on

  It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about the Monique Rathbun lawsuit against Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.

The Texas lawsuit was put on hold when Scientology appealed a March 2014 ruling by Comal County Judge Dib Waldrip denying its “anti-SLAPP” motion. Arguments were made at a hearing before […]

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