Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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Next in the Garcia Fraud Lawsuit: Scientology Is Asked to Explain Its Arbitration System

Judge James D. Whittemore

On Friday, federal Judge James D. Whittemore issued an order in Luis and Rocio Garcia’s fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. Whittemore has given Scientology until Thursday to produce a 5-page memo explaining its arbitration system as this case approaches its next hurdle.

On October 3, Whittemore dispensed with Scientology’s []

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LIVE FROM TAMPA: The Garcia v. Scientology Federal Fraud Lawsuit Mini-Trial!

Greetings from Tampa, Florida, where we’re on the scene for an unusual and potentially very entertaining evidentiary hearing in a fraud lawsuit that’s been derailed by accusations of unethical conduct.

We’re anticipating that it will be a fairly grueling day for former Scientologist Brian Culkin as he’s probably going to be something of a hostile witness []

Judge Whittemore Sets Evidentiary Hearing in Garcia Federal Fraud Lawsuit

Judge James Whittemore has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for July 24 in Luis and Rocio Garcia’s federal fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology.

At issue will be the church’s motion to disqualify the Garcias’ attorneys — Ted Babbitt and Ronald Weil — who, the church alleges, improperly worked with Robert Johnson, an attorney who previously []

Garcias Answer Scientology’s Attempt to Disqualify Their Attorneys in Fraud Lawsuit

Ronald Weil

Two weeks ago, the Church of Scientology pulled a classic maneuver from its bag of litigation tricks. Using the declaration of ex-church member Brian Culkin — who had signed the document reportedly in order to obtain a large refund — Scientology attempted to get the attorneys for Luis and Rocio Garcia disqualified []

Will Scientology’s Motion Demolish the Garcias’ Federal Fraud Lawsuit?

On Friday, Scientology filed a motion to disqualify the attorneys for Luis and Rocio Garcia in their federal fraud lawsuit against the church. We very rapidly posted the motion and several supporting declarations with only a brief description of their contents.

We’ve had some time now to digest the church’s motion, and we thought we’d take []

SCIENTOLOGY FILES TO REMOVE GARCIA ATTORNEYS FROM FRAUD LAWSUIT

Brian Culkin

The Church of Scientology has filed a motion to disqualify the attorneys for Luis and Rocio Garcia in their federal fraud lawsuit against the church.

Scientology has a long history of this kind of legal maneuver, and it’s not surprising that they would make a motion like this in a case which has []

Scientology Response to Federal Lawsuit: Force The Garcias to Use Church Arbitration

We’ve just got our hands on the Church of Scientology’s response to the federal fraud lawsuit filed by Luis and Rocio Garcia.

As we expected, Scientology is asking federal judge James Whittemore to compel the Garcias to accept Scientology’s own internal arbitration system to resolve this dispute, and throw it out of federal court.

As in previous []

ELEVENTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS SCIENTOLOGY ARBITRATION, DENIES GARCIA APPEAL

[The Garcias and Judge Whittemore]

The same day that the appeal by Danny Masterson’s accusers was heard in Los Angeles regarding Scientology’s ‘religious arbitration,’ the federal Eleventh Circuit handed down its long-awaited ruling in the appeal by Luis and Rocio Garcia regarding the same subject. And for the Garcias, it’s bad news: the federal appeals court []

Luis Garcia steps in to help Danny Masterson’s accusers: Scientology ‘arbitration’ is corrupt

[Luis Garcia and his attorney Ted Babbitt]

On November 2, a California appeals court will hear oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by Danny Masterson’s rape accusers, who allege that they have been subjected to years of harassment by Masterson and the Church of []

Danny Masterson’s nutty lawsuit involving his house loan is finally kicked out of court

[Danny and his circular Hollywood property]

While we’ve been covering Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson’s very serious criminal investigation and court case over the last several years, we also happened to discover something not to so serious that he was also involved with in federal []