Be interesting to see if NN GA/NN INT lawyers screw up and open up the insurance fraud can of worms during their cross examination of Mary Morton.
I've received this Official Statement for posting here at Reaching for the Tipping Point:The Desmond v. Narconon of Georgia & Narconon International lawsuit has been settled to the satisfaction of the parties.Thank you.David S. BillsAttorney for the Desmond Family
We asked for some thoughts from Mary McConnell, one of the Tipping Point researchers, who has kept a close on this case for a long time. She sent us this statement: Despite knowing throughout this case that a settlement was possible at any time, that Narconon of Georgia was asset-poor, and that Narconon International was ill prepared for the trial and in such a damning position, I was still shocked to find out it was settled. I guess I wanted to see this case go as far as it could without a settlement happening, but I had to consider the Desmond Family and all they have been put through. So it’s a good thing for the Desmonds, who, after all, put themselves on the line here to carry this case to where it ended. The nightmare is over for them. In retrospect, this case certainly went far and exceeded my original expectations. The damaging documents and deposition testimonies that came out of this case will be referred to in other cases and exist on the Internet for many years to come. The criminal issues are still pending and I do see charges being filed very soon. On top of that, the facility has lost its license and hopefully they will lose their appeal. Both Narconons are paying for what they did. And will continue to pay in more ways than financial. I can’t imagine the settlement being a small amount of money, either. Narconon International must have felt they were caught between a rock and a hard place as the trial date approached. Narconon International probably feared having to go bankrupt because of this case and rightly so. It was never a matter of them winning in this case. Only how bad the outcome. We got most of the information and more documents are forthcoming from the court. The civil damage is done and settled and now it’s on to the criminal complaints.
Tony, thank you for all you have done to raise awareness of this case and the efforts of the members of Reaching For The Tipping Point forum in helping to bring justice to the victims of Narconon.I also wish to thank the excellent legal teams of HARRIS PENN LOWRY DELCAMPO, LLP. and Franklin Law, LLC for working so hard and really understanding the beast they went up against in this case.In particular, much gratitude and thanks to attorneys JEFFREY R HARRIS, REBECCA C.FRANKLIN, JED D MANTON, DARREN W PENN, DAVID S BILLS, STEVEN G LOWRY, J ANTONIO DELCAMPO, PAUL W PAINTER, STEPHEN HASNER and their support personnel.Mary McConnell
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Quote from: ethercat on February 08, 2013, 20:15I've received this Official Statement for posting here at Reaching for the Tipping Point:The Desmond v. Narconon of Georgia & Narconon International lawsuit has been settled to the satisfaction of the parties.Thank you.David S. BillsAttorney for the Desmond Family I personally am happy about this. This was always a civil case. Through that venue,I believe justice was served. Narconon International knew full well that going before a jury would be financial suicide. Couple this with the RICO allegations,it would have been complete madness to let a jury decide if in fact this was the case. Better to make a financial offer of just millions of dollars as opposed to being at the mercy of a judgement leveled at them if in fact the jury found them culpable. That jury could have awarded the plaintiffs 30,40,50 million dollars or more. A settlement in this matter is a victory for the Desmonds and its legal team. Narconon International bowed to the weight of the evidence against them. This is a win of massive importance and should be taken as such. Hopefully the Desmond family will gain some comfort within all this. They stayed the course. They forced NNInt,s hand. The truth about N of GA and NNInt is now known to all.
I would first off hope that you all have read Tony Ortega,s write up last night. His synapses on the issue was well laid out in my opinion.
Quote from: SocialTransparency on February 09, 2013, 10:47I would first off hope that you all have read Tony Ortega,s write up last night. His synapses on the issue was well laid out in my opinion. Typo or clever? The Desmond family has been through so much, and have turned their pain into positive action that should protect others from what Narconon did to their son. They and their attorneys did not allow Narconon to evade justice and have provided help (court documents) to other efforts to expose the wrong doing by Narconon. Wishing them all the best.