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Landmeier wins ruling from OK Supreme Ct. records must be turned over!
« Reply #80 on: September 21, 2013, 18:21 »
Narconon Records Could Prove Oklahoma Employee Misconduct
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 10:44 PM EST Updated: Sep 21, 2012 8:34 AM EST
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McALESTER, Oklahoma -

An Oklahoma drug rehab facility is being forced to hand over records that could possibly disclose that some employees are trading drugs in exchange for sex with patients.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court denied Narconon Arrowhead's request to keep those documents protected.

The documents will soon be released to the attorney representing the family of a young woman who overdosed after being released from the facility in 2008.

http://www.newson6.com/story/19601161/narconon-to-release-records-that-might-prove-employee-misconduct
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Update is a 2012 ruling which was continued and we should hear on Sept 28 about them being forced to comply.

Narconon Records Could Prove Oklahoma Employee Misconduct
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 10:44 PM EST Updated: Sep 21, 2012 8:34 AM EST
Tess Maune, News On 6 - email

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McALESTER, Oklahoma -

An Oklahoma drug rehab facility is being forced to hand over records that could possibly disclose that some employees are trading drugs in exchange for sex with patients.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court denied Narconon Arrowhead's request to keep those documents protected.

The documents will soon be released to the attorney representing the family of a young woman who overdosed after being released from the facility in 2008.

http://www.newson6.com/story/19601161/narconon-to-release-records-that-might-prove-employee-misconduct
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Re: Lawsuits against Narconon and NN front groups - Ongoing Thread
« Reply #82 on: February 15, 2014, 09:37 »
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MCARTHUR VS NARCONON OF GEORGIA INC
Case date: Monday, October 28, 2013
SMALL CLAIMS GENERAL CIVIL
mcarthur, sara    -  Plaintiff
hadden, john d    -  Attorney for Plaintiff   

11/04/2013 - unscheduled document - see memo - - waiver of service of summons & offer to extend 60 days - - attorney for plaintiff
12/20/2013 - sheriff's entry of service - sheriff  01/06/2014 - answer - late - attorney for defendant     

Event Type             Division                             Date                                        Time          Location     Official
trial                      magistrate court civil   Thursday, January 30, 2014   1:00:00 PM   1C        judge magistrate
trial                      magistrate court civil   Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:00:00 PM    1C        judge magistrate

http://www.gwinnettcourts.com/home.asp#casedetail/case:13-m-37451/

No details yet on this small claims civil court case.
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Re: Lawsuits against Narconon and NN front groups - Ongoing Thread
« Reply #83 on: February 15, 2014, 21:17 »
Thanks for that, Free! 

Also, this one:
http://narcononreviews.net/lawsuits/voiculescu-and-kelly-v-narconon-fresh-start-does-1-50/

Eugeniu Voiculescu and Dan Kelly
v.
Narconon Fresh Start, and Does 1 through 50, inclusive

Court: San Diego County Superior Court, North County Division
Case Number: 37-2014-00002635-CU-BC-NC
Date: February 13, 2014
Plaintiff's Attorney(s): Danielle K. Wakefield (SBN 215706)
Defendant's Attorney(s): unknown
Disposition: Ongoing
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Re: Lawsuits against Narconon and NN front groups - Ongoing Thread
« Reply #84 on: February 16, 2014, 13:12 »
From link http://narcononreviews.net/lawsuits/voiculescu-and-kelly-v-narconon-fresh-start-does-1-50/

21. In addition to the aforementioned KELLY and his wife were seriously misled by
both the NARCONON website and its representatives (e.g., Mr. Carmichael) about the SUMMIT
RIDGE facility. To wit,

a. the number of patients at the facility was purportedly 24 at any given time.
In reality, there were upwards of 50-60 patients there during KELLY'S
stay and they were rooming up to 4 persons per bedroom.

b. KELLY'S wife was misinformed that the number of counselors at the
facility outnumbered the patients. This was key in deciding to send
KELLY to treatment there. The truth is that there was only a total of two
"counselors" at SUMMIT RIDGE during KELLY'S stay there; those two
counselors were prior patients who had barely experienced a few months
of sobriety themselves.

c. The food was not organic and was not prepared by a professional chef
which was a huge selling point to KELLY and his wife. Instead a food
truck dropped off processed, prepared meals which were swimming in oil
and grease.

d. There was no "state of the art" gym or workout facility.
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Response to a.
If the number of patients were 50-60 individuals Narconon was not only in violation of their Major Use Permit (MUP) - http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/Narconon/2002-12-11-Narconon-WarnerSprings-00000002.PDS2001-3300-01-020-PDS-PLN-Decisions.pdf, they also placed Kelly (and all the other clients) in an unsafe environment by exceeding the Fire Code maximum.

http://imageshack.com/a/img841/7412/7ofs.jpg


Response to b.
If the number of patients was “purportedly 24 at any given time” (a) and the “number of counselors at the facility outnumbered the patients” (b) then Narconon is in violation of their MUP and their Fire Permit, the maximum number of staff is 15. There could never be more staff to clients unless the total number of clients are less than 15. Also if there are interns working there they are counted as clients

Response to c.
Not sure about the prepared meals but I have been told that commercial food delivery trucks do drop off supplies several times a week.

Response to d.
For pictures of their “state of the art” gym go to Narconons site (link not broken) note the small OUTDOOR area with a few pieces of equipment. HOT in summer COLD in the winter and WET when it rains.
http://www.drugrehab.com/photo_gallery.html

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Re: Lawsuits against Narconon and NN front groups - Ongoing Thread
« Reply #85 on: February 16, 2014, 14:19 »
Of course, you forgot to take into consideration how Narconon lies (I mean calculates) their statistics.

For example, a NARCONON staff member who holds three hats (course supervisor, withdraw specialist, sauna ic) should be counted as three staff members, although they are only one.

And technically, since they are low staffed, the executives all hold dozens of positions below them.

In my calculation, this Narconon, although it technically might only have 10 individual people working there, actually has thousands of staff members.  Maybe millions.

Hence the great ratio.

Narconon marketing 101.

This is a joke in the real world...but a reality crash course on how scientology math and statistics work in their world.

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Re: Lawsuits against Narconon and NN front groups - Ongoing Thread
« Reply #86 on: March 15, 2014, 09:31 »
Research question: anybody happen to know the PACER ID number on the following Narconon federal cases that have been filed in recent months?

No hurry on a response - I just wanted to float this low priority question for future reference in case any of you fine researchers happen to lookup the docket for current case status at some later date, I'd be much obliged if you could grab me this tidbit of secondary info. TIA!

Nevada District Court:
  • 2:14-cv-00167-JCM-CWH :: David & Stacy Welch v.  Narconon Fresh Start d/b/a Rainbow Canyon Retreat, et al
  • 2:14-cv-00283 :: Cathy & Michael Tarr v.  Narconon Fresh Start d/b/a Rainbow Canyon Retreat, et al

California Southern District Court:
  • 3:14-cv-00586-LAB-KSC :: Christy Estrada & Branden Chavez v. Narconon Fresh Start d/b/a Sunshine Summit Lodge, et al
  • 3:14-cv-00588-JLS-BLM :: Angelo Amato v. Narconon Fresh Start d/b/a Sunshine Summit Lodge, et al

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Re: Lawsuits against Narconon and NN front groups - Ongoing Thread
« Reply #87 on: March 19, 2014, 22:38 »
Looks like Narconon Int. had some legal settlement cost.



http://207.153.189.83/EINS/952769582/952769582_2012_09c802c6.PDF

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Re: Lawsuits against Narconon and NN front groups - Ongoing Thread
« Reply #88 on: March 19, 2014, 22:44 »
Ka-ching!

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Re: Lawsuits against Narconon and NN front groups - Ongoing Thread
« Reply #89 on: March 20, 2014, 08:06 »
I'd be interested in any accountant-savvy people to explain some of the breakdowns of the PDF.  To me, it appears that they brought in millions less than they spent, so lost several million.

So, who paid the difference or the settlements?

And it appears that they are giving up on North America and putting a bit of attention in Europe based upon the numbers.

Knew I should have paid attention in Business Finance 101.

Any breakdowns or explanations of the sections and any oddities would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: Lawsuits against Narconon and NN front groups - Ongoing Thread
« Reply #90 on: April 24, 2014, 20:21 »
Scientology’s drug rehab hit with another lawsuit; Laura D asked to turn over computer - The Underground Bunker
Posted by Tony Ortega

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We’re trying to catch up with all of the Scientology legal news happening around the country. Ryan Hamilton, the Las Vegas attorney who is turning suing Scientology’s drug rehab network into a cottage industry, filed his fifth federal fraud lawsuit this week with another complaint against Narconon Fresh Start/Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Caliente, Nevada.

more at http://tonyortega.org/2014/04/24/scientologys-drug-rehab-hit-with-another-lawsuit-laura-d-asked-to-turn-over-computer/

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This makes Narconon lawsuit #14 for attorney Ryan Hamilton. Also, Jeff Harris' class-action lawsuit gets a mention due to scientology's latest response in three appeal briefs. David Lee files a motion to dismiss in the NAFC case.

Ryan Hamilton files lawsuit 14 against Scientology’s drug rehab, and other updates - The Underground Bunker (blog)
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An interesting new development in seven of the eighteen lawsuits filed by Ryan Hamilton against Narconon Int, ABLE and the various Narconons in CA, CO and NV.

Scientology surrenders — at least partially — in seven lawsuits against its rehab network - The Underground Bunker
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...Now, we’ve learned that in seven of those lawsuits, Narconon International and ABLE have been removed after quietly settling with the plaintiffs. The lawsuits remain active, meanwhile, because the local facilities have not settled...

more at http://tonyortega.org/2014/07/26/scientology-surrenders-at-least-partially-in-seven-lawsuits-against-its-rehab-network/#more-15979
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I'd guess they're trying to minimize their exposure to getting the corporate shell game exposed, with the NAFC situation getting ready to blow it wide open.
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It's always good to see things getting done in the name of justice for these victims. I thank God for the likes of Ryan Hamilton and his firm. We've come a long way since 2006 in getting attorneys willing to take these cases. These settlements are a testimony that the tables are turned and Narconon and Scientology are afraid... very afraid while attorneys aren't anymore.

For those who get upset with settlements, keep in mind that these plaintiffs are just ordinary people who have been victimized while attempting to help themselves or their addicted loved ones. Hopefully now they can move on and continue on in getting the needed help without the burden Narconon caused, of having lost their life savings or depleting their credit to get it.
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I'd guess they're trying to minimize their exposure to getting the corporate shell game exposed, with the NAFC situation getting ready to blow it wide open.

Over on Facebook, Graham Berry posted something which may help understand this settlement better.

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Narconon is being defended by the Las Vegas office of the Los Angeles based Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith law firm where I was a capital partner at one time. Its core practice is representing insurance carriers. Clearly, Narconon has a liability insurance policy which provides coverage for negligent conduct. Most simply put, such policies often contain a provision that permits the insurance carrier providing a defense to settle the case without the consent of the insured (in these matters Narconon). That is probably what is occurring here. Furthermore, causes of action such as intentional misrepresentation (or fraud) are not covered by insurance which could leave Narconon exposed to liability beyond its insurance coverage. If Narconon resisted the insurance carrier settlements the insurance carrier could possibly respond withdrawing the defense and paying the balance of the policy proceeds to Narconon which would then defend the case itself. If the cases went to trial they may result in verdicts that exceed the amount of the insurance coverage-thus giving David Miscavige a further reason not to resist the settlements. In addition, it would not surprise me that the insurance carrier either declines to renew Narconon’s insurance coverage, substantially increases the premium rate, or excludes coverage for future claims of this nature. Finally, the Church of Scientology delights in claiming it will litigate forever rather than pay “one thin dime” to a litigant or in satisfaction of a court judgment. A settlement and payment by the insurance company allows the ‘church’ to maintain this defensive posture and deterrent.
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Narconon is being defended by the Las Vegas office of the Los Angeles based Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith law firm where I was a capital partner at one time. Its core practice is representing insurance carriers. Clearly, Narconon has a liability insurance policy which provides coverage for negligent conduct. Most simply put, such policies often contain a provision that permits the insurance carrier providing a defense to settle the case without the consent of the insured (in these matters Narconon). That is probably what is occurring here. Furthermore, causes of action such as intentional misrepresentation (or fraud) are not covered by insurance which could leave Narconon exposed to liability beyond its insurance coverage. If Narconon resisted the insurance carrier settlements the insurance carrier could possibly respond withdrawing the defense and paying the balance of the policy proceeds to Narconon which would then defend the case itself. If the cases went to trial they may result in verdicts that exceed the amount of the insurance coverage-thus giving David Miscavige a further reason not to resist the settlements. In addition, it would not surprise me that the insurance carrier either declines to renew Narconon’s insurance coverage, substantially increases the premium rate, or excludes coverage for future claims of this nature. Finally, the Church of Scientology delights in claiming it will litigate forever rather than pay “one thin dime” to a litigant or in satisfaction of a court judgment. A settlement and payment by the insurance company allows the ‘church’ to maintain this defensive posture and deterrent.

That makes perfect sense. Thanks for bringing Graham's comment over here, Mary.
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I'd guess they're trying to minimize their exposure to getting the corporate shell game exposed, with the NAFC situation getting ready to blow it wide open.

I suspect there could be some of this too. 

If I remember/understood correctly, CoS settled the Dennis Erlich case (resulting in great drama among critics) when he was ready to expose the copyrights in question as being invalid. 

The Desmond case settled at the last minute, too, when Jeff Harris was set to expose the connection between NNGa and its "alter egos".

In any case that has a good chance of exposing that which Narconon (or CoS) doesn't want exposed, plaintiffs should hold out for as big a settlement as they're likely to get from a jury award, should the case go to trial.

Wonder who the insurance carrier(s) is (are)?  Would ABLE and NNI have the same carrier?

I don't blame any plaintiff for settling for the reasons Mary stated, but I sure would like to see one of these (well-informed) cases go to trial and get more stuff into the record.  I'll always be grateful to the Desmonds for holding out as long as they did.
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