Ryan Hamilton files federal lawsuit against Narconon Fresh Start in Nevada

Discussion in 'Narconon' started by The Wrong Guy, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology’s drug rehab facility in Nevada sued over the usual litany of deceptions

    By Tony Ortega

    Last year, as Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, was sinking deeper and deeper into trouble, we noticed that an attorney in Las Vegas, Ryan Hamilton, had begun advertising online for Narconon victims. It was another sign of just how bad things were getting for Scientology’s rehab facilities, which were being sued and investigated in several states.

    Well, Hamilton’s ad apparently paid off, because this week he filed a federal lawsuit against Scientology’s Narconon facility in Nevada, and the lawsuit’s complaint is one of the best written and most thorough that we’ve ever read.

    David, Stacy, and Jack Welch of Texas are suing Narconon Fresh Start, doing business as the Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Caliente, Nevada, for breach of contract, fraud, and negligence.

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    Also: Welch v Narconon Fresh Start
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Narconon drug rehab a Cult of fraud and negligence

    By David Love


    What’s interesting in this new lawsuit is that when “the Welches signed a contract, and the complaint points out that the contract describes Narconon’s origin — it was started in 1966 by a man named William Benitez, who had been inspired by Hubbard’s book, The Fundamentals of Thought.”

    “The complaint points out that the actual name of the book is Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought, The Basic Book of the Theory and Practice of Scientology for Beginners. The Welches believe that the full name is left out of the Narconon contract in order to hide the program’s connection to Scientology.”
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  3. Narconon is secular except for the fact that it's 100% Scientology.
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  4. DeathHamster Member

    CoS just looooves to keep repeating the acceptable truth about William Benitez and 1966. What they leave out is that the current program is nothing like the one he created--that had to wait until Hubbard and Dr Root created that enormous dangerous and flatulent quackery of Clear Body, Clear Mind and the Purification Rundown.
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  5. RolandRB Member

    It's 100% on-tech secular and any time it isn't, a secular Sea Org person from ABLE will be over there to kick ass.
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  6. Random guy Member

    With a little luck, they'll flay the "Fresh Start" and continue up the corporate ladder. Ortega seems to have a favourable view of the lawyer, but I'll wait until the RFTP-crowd has chewed this over until I start stocking up on popcorn.
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  7. DeathHamster Member

    Eventually the stinky corpse of Narconon will attract buzzards and other carrion-eaters, but Narconon is still kicking and there are much easier targets for the Lionel Hutz types.

    If Ryan Hamilton can win or favorably settle a couple cases, then it'll be popcorn time.
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  8. LAist: Drug Rehab Center Tricked Patient Into Studying Scientology, Lawsuit Says

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  9. DeathHamster Member

    Wait, what?! How did Skank get in that loop? (Theoretically she's president of Scientology Canada.)

    Edit: Possibly via Wikipedia, which quotes her during the Narconon Ontario fuckup.
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  10. DeathHamster Member

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    It also ends on a nice note:

    One of Narconon's most notorious patients is Johnny Lewis, a "Sons Of Anarchy" actor who killed his 81-year-old landlady and her cat at a Los Feliz home before jumping to his death in 2012. Lewis was the son of two Scientologists, and he went through the Narconon program in 2004. His photo was on the Narconon websiteuntil his death.
  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ryan Hamilton files another lawsuit against Scientology’s Nevada drug rehab facility

    By Tony Ortega

    Less than a month after he filed a lawsuit against Scientology’s Nevada drug rehab unit, Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed a very similar lawsuit on behalf of another plaintiff who says she was defrauded by “Narconon Fresh Start” and its deceptive practices.

    Virginia resident Cathy Tarr and her son, Michael Tarr of Florida, are the plaintiffs in the new lawsuit against Scientology’s facility in Caliente, Nevada, which also goes by the name of “Rainbow Canyon Retreat.”

    Like in the previous complaint, Hamilton presents a thorough rundown of the kinds of problems that we’ve heard from so many people who get sucked into Narconon without knowing that it’s connected to Scientology.

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  13. popped up on
    Doesn't seem to be Narconon, but sure employs their tactics:
    UTsandiego: Rehab crackdown misses clinics
  14. This is very interesting.

    I have wondered how much of the UCC(uniform commercial code) applies to narconon. There have been some changes to the code over the last few years. So narconon will have a harder time winning ANY lawsuit

    The beautiful part of it all, is if this lawyer wins the suit, it might be another 402a(, and will have serious repercussions on "rehabs" in the future.

    If that happens, $cientology wont last the decade.
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  16. Well ya got hand it to NN, he wasn't on drugs when he committed his murderous rampage.
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  17. He was on his father's Life Improvement Program.
  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ryan Hamilton files two new suits against Scientology’s drug rehab network — in California

    By Tony Ortega

    Ryan Hamilton is branching out.

    We’ve reported previously about the two federal fraud lawsuits he’s filed against Scientology’s drug rehab facility in Nevada. Now he’s filed two more — against a Scientology facility in San Diego County, California.

    Angelo Amato of Illinois is suing the Narconon Fresh Start of Warner Springs after he went there for an addiction to Vicodin. He’s a mixed martial artist who became addicted to the pain pills and in December 2013 he searched the Internet for a rehab center. He found a site that had an 800 number and he called. The site claimed to be an “independent consultant.”

    When he called, he spoke to Narconon’s Dan Carmichael.

    Carmichael told him the usual thing we’re used to hearing about Narconon’s come-ons, that there would be medical staff on hand, that Amato would get drug counseling, that Narconon staff are trained in addiction treatment, and that the facility had a 76-percent success rate.

    As in his previous lawsuits, Hamilton points out that the Narconon contract conceals Narconon’s connection to the Church of Scientology by, in part, altering the title of a book by L. Ron Hubbard.

    Amato paid $31,000 up front and began a detox period, and found that he was being monitored not by doctors or nurses, but by a 19-year-old staff worker.

    Told he would get his own room, when Amato got to Narconon he found he was asked to stay in a small room with three other men.

    Amato then learned what everyone else does in the Narconon program — that it’s not drug counseling but instead the same courses that beginning Scientologists go through in the church, including making clay models to illustrate ideas, and also exercises that has students yelling at ashtrays.

    Central to the program is the sauna use, which has students sitting in a sauna for hours each day, and taking extremely high doses of vitamins, all without medical supervision.

    “Contrary to Narconon’s claims, there is no scientific evidence that its sauna program flushes residual drug toxins out of students’ fatty tissue. Nor is there any scientific evidence for Narconon’s premise underlying the sauna program: That residual drug toxins stored in fatty tissue leak into the bloodstream and cause drug cravings,” the complaint says.

    As in the previous lawsuit, Hamilton quotes Narconon Georgia’s own expert witness in another case, a physician who doubted the effectiveness of the sauna program.

    He also shows that former Narconon official Lucas Catton has evidence that the network’s own legal affairs officer admitted that Narconon’s claimed high rate of success has no scientific basis.

    “Narconon routinely lies, misrepresents, and conceals the Narconon program’s connection to the practice of Scientology and to the Church of Scientology. Defendant directs employees at individual Narconon centers to deny any connection to the Church of Scientology even when patients’ family members specifically inquire about this point.

    Angela alleges that Narconon had made representations about insurance coverage which turned out not to be true. He was unhappy that his phone calls home were monitored. He didn’t like that he wasn’t getting any drug counseling, and he felt that the staff “were unfit to treat him.” So he asked to leave.

    He’s suing for breach of contract, fraud, and negligence.

    The second suit is also brought against the Narconon Fresh Start in Warner Springs, by Christy and Branden Chavez, who live in New Mexico.

    In June 2012, Christy wanted to find a rehab facility for her son Branden, who was 19 and struggling with a heroin addiction.

    She also was referred by a website, and was asked to pay $33,000 up front. She was asked to pay $23,000 of that in cash money.

    In most other ways, the Chavez lawsuit is similar to Amato’s.

    We can see that Hamilton’s strategy is to file many lawsuits by separate plaintiffs, and he’s also targeting more than one Narconon center. That’s different than the class-action approach, which hit a snag in Georgia.

    Here are the complaints in the two new lawsuits:

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  19. RightOn Member

    run rabbit poodle run
    pretty soon there will be no more fun
    talking to you DM
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  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Narconon answers

    By Tony Ortega

    We’ve been telling you about federal fraud lawsuits filed by Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton against Scientology’s drug rehab centers. The first was filed on behalf of David, Stacy, and Jack Welch against Narconon Fresh Start in Nevada. The second was filed by Cathy and Michael Tarr also against the Nevada facility. And the third and fourth suits were filed against a San Diego County center by Angelo Amato and by Christy and Branden Chavez.

    We now have Narconon’s answer to the first lawsuit, brought by the Welch family. Attorneys S. Brent Vogel and Alayne M. Opie of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP of Las Vegas filed the brief document, which generally supplies pro forma denials to the plaintiffs’ complaint.

    The lawyers ask that the lawsuit be dismissed and their fees awarded.

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  21. RightOn Member

    holy crap on a cracker. I know it's nothing new for the COS to pull, but it still befuddles me every time
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  22. fishypants Moderator

    Of course they do. ;)

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  23. fishypants Moderator

    Here's NRS 41A.110, which the lawyers are saying "entitles the defendant to a conclusive presumption of informed consent".

    This seems interesting to me because they would have to show (I would think) that a licensed physician explained to the defendant that Narconon was a legitimate medical procedure, explained the risks and alternatives etc.

    If they can produce a proper licensed doctor who claims to have done that, it would be really interesting to see them cross-examined about Narconon's medical and scientific legitimacy.
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  24. tinfoilhatter Member

    The fact that this guy filed so many lawsuits tells me he smells blood money.

    There is too much symmetry going on here, first David love's canada news teases, the rathburn lawsuit, and now this stuff. All on top of the other lawsuits and things going on. It makes me wonder if the government is having a hand in this, or maybe anonymous is bigger then we think.

    Either that, or the lawyers have analyzed scilon legal tech and figured out effective counter-legal tech.
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  25. Quentinanon Member

    They are all being directed telepathically by the Marcabian Fleet. Who do you think orders Big Pharma to write and sign our cheques?
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  26. tinfoilhatter Member


    Who do you think we, are hippies? We use PSYCHOLOGY in the Marcarbian fleet, not this hippie, new age sci-fi bullshit.

    The commodore PSYCHOLOGICALLY orders big pharma to sign our cheques, using sub conscious hidden messages placed strategically in organic food labels.
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  27. fishypants Moderator

    To remedy the deficiencies of Defendant’s Answer,
    Plaintiffs respectfully move the Court for an Order deeming paragraphs 17, 35, 37, 39, 40, 42, 43, 50, 51, 52, 55, 58, and 67
    of Plaintiffs’ Complaint as admitted. These paragraphs contain basic factual allegations about Defendant and its drug treatment program to which Defendant improperly claims it lacks knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations.

    Nice. Very nice.
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  28. fishypants Moderator


    ^ text included as GoogleFood
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  29. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology litigation always has surprises: A new wrinkle from Narconon’s attorneys

    By Tony Ortega

    We’ve been keeping an eye on Ryan Hamilton’s lawsuits against Scientology’s Narconon drug rehab facilities in part because they’re so thorough. The Las Vegas attorney has obviously done his homework, and in the complaints he’s filed, he lays out the history of Narconon and its many deceptions with detailed citations. With references to testimony in other cases, he’s clearly trying to anticipate all of the objections and moves that Scientology has made previously.

    So what does Narconon do? You’re going to love this. In one of the four federal lawsuits Hamilton recently filed, Narconon’s attorneys have complained that Hamilton’s complaint is too detailed.

    This Complaint consists of over 100 paragraphs, nearly 120 pages including exhibits, a full deposition transcript from a distinctly separate lawsuit filed in Dekal County, Georgia, numerous conclusory statements, prolonged unnecessary quotes from books, “scientific” opinions, etc. The Complaint is argumentative, prolix, largely irrelevant, and is not “simple, concise, and direct” as required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(d).

    Narconon’s attorneys — Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith — represent the Nevada facility that Hamilton’s clients Cathy and Michael Tarr are suing. They filed a motion to dismiss, and make other arguments that Hamilton’s complaint for the Tarrs goes on too long.

    Hamilton quickly responded with his own filing, explaining that his complaint — while within federal guidelines for length — was describing a “bizarre, elaborate fraudulent scheme.”

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  30. RightOn Member

    hope they get a copy of Canada's latest lulz
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  31. wolfbane Member

    Damning dox. Narconon lawfags do not like them.

    Also - Ryan "slam dunk" Hamilton is a pretty cool guy. He smacks the cult's ass so hard right out of the gate, they need a do-over just to figure out where to start.
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  32. BigBeard Member

    This from the folks who's pleadings when there are the plantiff have to be delivered by tractor trailer???

    Oh, the irony!!!!!!

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  33. DeathHamster Member

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  35. DeathHamster Member

    ^^ Doesn't afraid of anything, except too much legal homework. "Law is hard!"
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