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Have Jane Doe’s attorneys figured out how to serve Scientology leader David Miscavige?

Three big lawsuits were filed last year against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige. One of them Scientology already managed to short-circuit, but the other two are proceeding.

In all three lawsuits, Miscavige himself has managed to avoid being formally served. He’s in hiding and avoiding service, the attorneys trying to sue him have charged in their court filings.

But now, in the third of the three lawsuits, the one filed in Miami on behalf of a woman going by the name Jane Doe, attorneys have convinced the court to serve Miscavige through the Florida Secretary of State in something that’s called “substitute service.”

That’s according to a new filing in the case that was signed by the court clerk on Wednesday.


“Substitute service can be a powerful tool in serving concealed defendants who are doing business in the Florida when an action arises out of that transaction or an operation connected with that business,” writes one legal expert in the state.

Jane Doe is a young woman who alleges that she was sexually assaulted as a child while she was a kindergarten student at the Scientology school Clearwater Academy, and while she worked as a child staffer at Scientology facilities in Venezuela and Clearwater. She’s suing the church and Miscavige not only for failing to protect her while she was a child student and worker for the church, but also for the ensuing harassment campaign she says she has endured since she decided to come forward about her abuse.

Besides keeping Miscavige away from process servers, Scientology has responded to the lawsuit by arguing that it was improperly filed in Miami, and also by trying to force the lawsuit into “religious arbitration.”

Jane Doe filed an amended complaint earlier this month which reset the calendar in the case. Now, she’s added the substitute service of Miscavige.

We wait with bated breath for Scientology’s response to it.


More Narconon strangeness

Another video from Narconon intended to show that it can deliver its dangerous quack regimen even during the pandemic…



Source Code


“A Clear apparently is the — oh, not apparently, it’s true — he’s the original electric eel, and so on, and apparently affects physical objects without half trying in that state. That is to say, you can warm something up or something. This isn’t phenomena that you would consider even very good phenomena; I mean, it isn’t very advanced, don’t you see? Now, you can see very easily that throwing a lightning bolt couldn’t be very much of a trick. It merely depends on practice in holding your position. If you could hold your position very accurately, why, you could throw a lightning bolt that would probably char the Empire State Building. But that’s beside the point. That’s just theoretical. What you’ve got here in actual fact is that by staring at things you can make them warm, and things like this, you know. You pick up a, here’s a glass with some ice in it, you know? You stare at it for a few minutes and you haven’t got a glass with ice in it. It’s the warmest Coca-Cola you have ever had anything to do with, don’t you see? This is very, very low-scale phenomena. It’s just monkey business.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 27, 1965


Overheard in the FreeZone

“When I was just a static and nothing else, there was a bunch of us existing in a nothingness with nothing before us or anywhere, and we did nothing, absolutely nothing but observe — you guessed it — nothing. We were all 100 percent connected together and would have shared everything if there was anything to share (one mind, multiple viewpoints) but we never communicated or had anything to communicate, nor did we have any thoughts or emotions, or whatever, but it was better than tone 40 because we were above the dichotomies of serene beingness. I want to do that again.”


Random Howdy

“The big difference between Scientology and the mafia is the mafia actually go to church on Sunday.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing was set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for October 7 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for June 17
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: May 1 (Masterson new demurrer due), July 8 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), August 31-Sept 1 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), amended complaint filed
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard on family and sex: As enlightened as you’d imagine
[TWO years ago] Strange days for a woman accusing Danny Masterson of rape — and for her rocker husband
[THREE years ago] Scientology submits names of 500 members to federal court as ordered, but there’s a catch
[FOUR years ago] LIVE IN L.A.: Hearing in Laura DeCrescenzo’s Scientology forced-abortion lawsuit
[FIVE years ago] Should Louis Theroux be worried? What a Scientology ‘documentary’ actually looks like
[SIX years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: More scenes from the End of Days
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s Notorious R2-45 Policy: Is There a Smoking Gun?


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,920 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,424 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,944 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 964 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 855 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,162 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,030 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,804 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,578 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,924 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,490 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,409 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,577 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,158 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,419 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,457 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,170 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,695 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,225 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,785 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,925 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,245 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,100 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,220 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,575 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,878 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,984 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,386 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,258 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,841 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,336 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,590 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,699 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 27, 2020 at 07:00

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