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Ryan Hamilton files federal lawsuit against Narconon Fresh Start in Nevada

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  1. DeathHamster Member

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    Of course, both can stitch you up pretty good...
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  2. fishypants Moderator


    Very interesting!
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  3. JohnnyRUClear Member

    Pretty well, you mean.

    DAMMIT, ADVERBS! FIGHT!!!
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  4. fishypants Moderator

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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

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  6. DeathHamster Member

    Nah. The kind of blokes who'd stitch you up would probably say good, not well. (Paradoxically, being professional men of business, they'd do it well and there'd be nothing good about it.)
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  7. fishypants Moderator

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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ryan Hamilton files 19th lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network

    Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed another federal lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. This time, he’s representing two San Bernardino County residents, Sherri Brown and her daughter Emily, who are suing Scientology’s rehab center in San Diego County, Sunshine Summit Fresh Start in Warner Springs.

    This brings to 19 the number of lawsuits that Hamilton has brought since January, and all but one in federal court. Each time, he’s sued a local facility in California, Nevada, or Colorado, as well as Narconon International and its umbrella organization, the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE). As we reported earlier, in seven of the lawsuits, International and ABLE have settled with the plaintiffs.

    At least two of the California cases have gone to arbitration (neutral, court-ordered arbitration, not Scientology’s internal arbitration which is an issue in the lawsuits of the Garcias and Vance Woodward). But so far none of the numerous motions to dismiss that have been filed by Narconon has managed to derail any of Hamilton’s lawsuits.

    This new suit is the result of a very recent incident. On March 6, 2014, Sherri Brown was looking online for a rehab center for her daughter. She called a number at a referral agency which claimed to be independent. The person who answered, “Jake,” said the Fresh Start program had a 76 percent success rate. Sherri was put in touch with Tonya Lawson at Fresh Start, and she was told the cost would be $33,000. When Sherri said he didn’t have that kind of money, she was told Emily could get a “scholarship” for $23,000.

    “Tonya told Sherri that Emily needed this program and if she didn’t pay for this program, she would be paying for her daughter’s coffin,” the complaint says.

    Three times, Sherri asked if Fresh Start “had anything to do with religion.” Sherri was assured the program was secular, that it featured licensed medical professionals, and that her daughter would received drug counseling.

    She was told a sauna program at Fresh Start was scientifically proven to end Emily’s drug cravings. And again she was told the program had a 76-percent success rate.

    Sherri came up with $10,000 for Emily to start the program.

    As we’ve seen so many times before, after Sherri signed the contract, her daughter then learned that there were no doctors at the facility, and she received no drug counseling, but instead began Scientology training.

    The complaint also refers to evidence that Hamilton has provided in his other cases: Narconon’s own expert in a Georgia lawsuit admitted that there was no science behind the sauna program, and the advertised success rate was something he’d seen no evidence for.

    Hamilton also, we think for the first time, made use of a document that we saw in the NAFC lawsuit in Oklahoma. It’s a document that lays out Scientology’s “Social Coordination Strategy,” which included Narconon, and made it clear that such programs are meant to advance Hubbard’s aims for Scientology. “You are there to sell LRH’s tech to the society and get it used, as the tech. You do this through a smooth job of promotional organization — front groups, corporations, field workers, etc,” the document says.

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    By our count, that’s nineeen lawsuits Hamilton has filed against Narconon in California, Nevada, and Colorado.
    Angelo Amato (San Diego)
    Christy Estrada and Branden Chavez (San Diego)
    Cathy and Michael Tarr (Nevada)
    Harry and Lauren Geanacopulos (Nevada)
    David, Stacy, and Jack Welch (Nevada)
    Bryan and Nikki Mott (Colorado)
    Charles and Tyler Matthys, and Linda Phillips (Colorado)
    Kenneth and Jered Mowery (Watsonville, CA)
    Robin Jones, James Ramirez Sr. and Jr. (Watsonville, CA)
    Charis Yates, Beret and Dean Pugh (Nevada)
    Lori, Ryan, and Jilliene Winchell (Nevada)
    Ben Levy (Colorado)
    Monica and Sean O’Connell (Watsonville, CA)
    Ronald and Jason McClure (Nevada)
    Michael and David Tino (Nevada)
    Jerry and Christy Courson (Colorado)
    Terney, Barbara, and Thomas Knoflick (Watsonville, CA)
    Claudia and Sarah Buchett (Warner Springs, CA)

    http://tonyortega.org/2014/08/15/ry...suit-against-scientologys-drug-rehab-network/
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  10. fishypants Moderator

    I've been waiting for this moment.

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  11. JohnnyRUClear Member

    E-peen hardness level: **UNSAFE**
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  12. The Wrong Guy Member

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  13. Narconon’s cancer spreads: New lawsuits and a court order for Scientology’s rehab network
    http://tonyortega.org/2014/08/20/na...-order-scientologys-rehab-network/#more-16417

    Excerpt:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/237298375/Geanacopulos-v-Narconon-Order
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    Aha. :) Thought that might come back to bite them.


    http://www.scribd.com/doc/237277639/Candice-Tyler-v-Narconon-Complaint

    Christ.
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  16. wolfbane Member

    Me too!
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  17. Quentinanon Member

    Common denominators in these cases are fraud in the inducement and actual fraud. A pattern of fraud equates with racketeering.
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  18. Quentinanon Member

    "Considering Scientology’s reputation for scorched-earth legal tactics and delaying maneuvers, it may come as quite a shock to some observers that two Scientology organizations, staffed with elite “Sea Org” workers, are cutting checks to quietly get out of these lawsuits."

    I saw this sort of thing happen in the early 1980's when the scientology organisation was in the process of disintegration. They were inundated with lawsuits and did not have the personnel to deal with them, so they settled most. The few left were high stakes suits, like the Christopherson suit. OSA concentrated then on the most risky.
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  19. DeathHamster Member


    And then they concentrated on paying for gag settlements with the ex-execs with the most damaging testimony against them.
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  20. jensting Member

    Well, they're only following orders. The problem for the ring leaders of the criminal organisation known as the "church" of $cientology is that we know full well where the orders are coming from. Ooops.
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  21. RolandRB Member

    ^^ Well, that person won't be David Miscavige, the very busy ecclesiastical leader of the Church who has to administer to its ten million members. True, he personally participates in the "laying on of hands" ritual for the more senior clergy plus their re-baptisms, plus assigning them to religious retreats. Also, some small extra duties like the selection of gifts to send to people - but he would be too busy to even know what those wayward senior executives (unlike himself who is not a senior executive ) are doing whilst in office.
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  22. jensting Member

    You say that, but his lawyer says that Captain David "he is NOT insane!" Miscavige personally defrocks any wayward clam

    http://f.edgesuite.net/data/www.sci...id-Miscavige-to-Gaydon-Carter-16-Aug-2012.pdf
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  23. DeathHamster Member

    http://tonyortega.org/2014/09/01/signs-of-chaos-emerge-for-scientologys-drug-rehab-legal-defense/
    Maybe they're using Chaos Magick?
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  24. Random guy Member

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  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ryan Hamilton files 20th lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network | The Underground Bunker

    Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed another federal fraud lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. This one involves a New Hampshire family that was convinced to send their son to a Narconon facility in San Diego County.

    Also, this case is very recent — Linda Keller was looking for a rehab facility for her son, Christopher, in April 2014.

    She found numerous referral websites which appeared to be different from each other, but when she called the numbers they listed, each time she was referred to Narconon. She eventually reached a man named Josh Penn.

    “Josh Penn represented that Fresh Start’s program had been scientifically and medically proven to be effective. Penn further falsely represented to Linda: (1) that while undergoing detox at Fresh Start, Christopher would be under the care of a doctor or nurse at all times; (2) that Fresh Start would provide Christopher with extensive drug and addiction counseling; (3) that Fresh Start staff are properly trained to care for and treat persons with addiction,” the complaint says.

    Penn also claimed that Narconon had a success rate of between 70 and 80 percent.

    Keller paid $33,000 up front, but once her son got to the facility, he realized that he was not being supervised by medical personnel as promised, and he witnessed drug and sexual activity going on at the center.

    It also became clear that Narconon’s program is really Scientology training, not drug counseling.

    Despite Narconon’s representations that Christopher would receive counseling, at no point did Narconon staff ever speak to Christopher about the specifics of his life or his drug use and its causes. In fact, no one at Fresh Start ever spoke to Christopher about substance abuse at all. Christopher received no education about substance abuse, its causes and effects, or methods to deal with his addiction. Instead, Christopher received instruction only in Scientology. When Christopher contacted his family while he was at Narconon, staff members were physically present in the room where Christopher made his phone calls and monitored what Christopher was communicating to his family. Christopher left the Narconon program early because, inter alia, he did not feel safe, and Fresh Start staff were unfit to treat him.

    As in Hamilton’s other lawsuits, he cites evidence from previous cases which question Narconon’s claims about its effectiveness. He also brings up the way a title of an L. Ron Hubbard book is truncated on the Narconon patient contract in order to hide its connection to Scientology, as he has in other lawsuits.

    We find it significant that Hamilton can still refer to that deceptive contract for a case that happened in April 2014 — three months after Hamilton began filing his lawsuits against the drug network. Apparently, Narconon has resisted change, despite the threat of these lawsuits proliferating further.

    Here’s the complaint.

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    By our count, that’s twenty lawsuits Hamilton has filed against Narconon in California, Nevada, and Colorado.

    Angelo Amato (Warner Springs, CA)
    Christy Estrada and Branden Chavez (Warner Springs, CA)
    Cathy and Michael Tarr (Nevada)
    Harry and Lauren Geanacopulos (Nevada)
    David, Stacy, and Jack Welch (Nevada)
    Bryan and Nikki Mott (Colorado)
    Charles and Tyler Matthys, and Linda Phillips (Colorado)
    Kenneth and Jered Mowery (Watsonville, CA)
    Robin Jones, James Ramirez Sr. and Jr. (Watsonville, CA)
    Charis Yates, Beret and Dean Pugh (Nevada)
    Lori, Ryan, and Jilliene Winchell (Nevada)
    Ben Levy (Colorado)
    Monica and Sean O’Connell (Watsonville, CA)
    Ronald and Jason McClure (Nevada)
    Michael and David Tino (Nevada)
    Jerry and Christy Courson (Colorado)
    Terney, Barbara, and Thomas Knoflick (Watsonville, CA)
    Claudia and Sarah Buchett (Warner Springs, CA)
    Sherri and Emily Brown (Warner Springs, CA)

    http://tonyortega.org/2014/09/13/ry...suit-against-scientologys-drug-rehab-network/
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  26. DeathHamster Member

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  27. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology suffers another setback against Ryan Hamilton’s lawsuits

    In a strong rebuke, Federal District Judge James C. Mahan has struck down another motion to dismiss filed by Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, in a federal fraud lawsuit brought by Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton.

    In the Welch lawsuit, one of twenty filed by Hamilton against Narconon centers in Nevada, California, and Colorado, the family of 19-year-old Jack Welch is suing because, like so many others before them, they found out only after paying a large amount of money up front, that Narconon provides Scientology training, not the drug counseling it advertises.

    The attorneys for Narconon’s Nevada facility, Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Caliente, asked that the lawsuit be dismissed on technical grounds, but Judge Mahan called the lawsuit “well-pleaded,” and indicated that he found the allegations somewhat stomach-turning:

    The court finds that these allegations alone, when taken as true, preclude dismissal of plaintiffs’ intentional infliction of emotional distress claims. The conduct described could support a jury finding of extreme and outrageous conduct performed with the intention to create, or reckless disregard for, emotional distress.

    It’s worth a read. And once again, a federal order knocks down Narconon’s arguments and can be cited in other lawsuits.

    Welch v. Narconon: Order by Tony Ortega

    http://tonyortega.org/2014/09/18/ra...s-anti-slapp-appeal-before-hearing-next-week/
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  28. RightOn Member

    Scientology suffers another setback against Ryan Hamilton’s lawsuits

    Hope DM is singing the blues BIG time
    It Serve You Right To Suffer.....
    take it away John Lee Hooker

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  29. Random guy Member

    Such a nice morning!
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  30. ''Narconon provides Scientology training, not the drug counseling it advertises.''

    This sums up Scientology's Narconon scam perfectly. (One sentence.)

    The Catholic Church offers CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes for free. It would be like the Vatican selling their exact same CCD classes as an unverified cure for drug addiction with a claim of an over 75% success rates (also unverified) for $3o,ooo.00 per addict and claiming it's a completely secular non-profit humanitarian program.

    Scientology's despicable massive fraud of Narconon and its endless number of disguised front groups like Fresh Start, Drug Free World, Drug free Marshalls program, blah, blah ad nauseum phony, outrageously expensive rehab blah blah blah.

    Narconon is responsible for devastating physical and financial ruin for untold thousands of duped addicts and their desperate families who drain incredible amounts of cash for David Miscavige's criminal enterprise of L. Ron Hubbard's completely debunked phony science, fake religion of Scientology and its endless front groups that falsely advertise incredible success rates of over 75% cured from drug addiction.

    Attn: Legal Justice Systems: This is called FRAUD!

    BTW, Narconon has also engaged in dangerous medical malpractice, illegal detention, kidnapping, money laundering, labor law violations, false claims of accreditation, unlicensed extended stay facilities and staff and many more up to and including responsibility for these horrific deaths at their Oklahoma facility of Narconon Arrowhead.

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  31. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ryan Hamilton files lawsuit number 21 against Scientology’s drug rehab network

    By our count, that’s twenty-one lawsuits Hamilton has filed against Narconon in California, Nevada, and Colorado.

    Angelo Amato (Warner Springs, CA)
    Christy Estrada and Branden Chavez (Warner Springs, CA)
    Cathy and Michael Tarr (Nevada)
    Harry and Lauren Geanacopulos (Nevada)
    David, Stacy, and Jack Welch (Nevada)
    Bryan and Nikki Mott (Colorado)
    Charles and Tyler Matthys, and Linda Phillips (Colorado)
    Kenneth and Jered Mowery (Watsonville, CA)
    Robin Jones, James Ramirez Sr. and Jr. (Watsonville, CA)
    Charis Yates, Beret and Dean Pugh (Nevada)
    Lori, Ryan, and Jilliene Winchell (Nevada)
    Ben Levy (Colorado)
    Monica and Sean O’Connell (Watsonville, CA)
    Ronald and Jason McClure (Nevada)
    Michael and David Tino (Nevada)
    Jerry and Christy Courson (Colorado)
    Terney, Barbara, and Thomas Knoflick (Watsonville, CA)
    Claudia and Sarah Buchett (Warner Springs, CA)
    Sherri and Emily Brown (Warner Springs, CA)
    Christopher, Curtis, and Linda Keller (Warner Springs, CA)

    http://tonyortega.org/2014/09/27/ry...r-21-against-scientologys-drug-rehab-network/
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  32. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology’s drug rehab network hit with lawsuit number 22 by attorney Ryan Hamilton

    By our count, that’s twenty-two lawsuits Hamilton has filed against Narconon in California, Nevada, and Colorado.

    Angelo Amato (Warner Springs, CA)
    Christy Estrada and Branden Chavez (Warner Springs, CA)
    Cathy and Michael Tarr (Nevada)
    Harry and Lauren Geanacopulos (Nevada)
    David, Stacy, and Jack Welch (Nevada)
    Bryan and Nikki Mott (Colorado)
    Charles and Tyler Matthys, and Linda Phillips (Colorado)
    Kenneth and Jered Mowery (Watsonville, CA)
    Robin Jones, James Ramirez Sr. and Jr. (Watsonville, CA)
    Charis Yates, Beret and Dean Pugh (Nevada)
    Lori, Ryan, and Jilliene Winchell (Nevada)
    Ben Levy (Colorado)
    Monica and Sean O’Connell (Watsonville, CA)
    Ronald and Jason McClure (Nevada)
    Michael and David Tino (Nevada)
    Jerry and Christy Courson (Colorado)
    Terney, Barbara, and Thomas Knoflick (Watsonville, CA)
    Claudia and Sarah Buchett (Warner Springs, CA)
    Sherri and Emily Brown (Warner Springs, CA)
    Christopher, Curtis, and Linda Keller (Warner Springs, CA)
    Stephen and Donna Koslow (Nevada and Warner Springs, CA)

    http://tonyortega.org/2014/10/01/sc...-lawsuit-number-22-by-attorney-ryan-hamilton/
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  33. fishypants Moderator

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  34. BigBeard Member

    I think this could get narCONon in big trouble all by itself, even without the rest of the complaint:

    BigBeard
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  35. Random guy Member

    It's really, really nice to see the referral network getting some attention. If this goes to trail, and there's a ruling, then Narconon is screwed. They are dependent on their network to feed the maws of the gorgon. Without it, Narconon will dry up quickly.

    And Fishy is right, Hamilton is getting his filings down to an art form. This one was great reading!
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  36. RightOn Member

    this is so awesome.
    The COS did not count on the fire storm that Hamilton is bringing down on them.
    Burn on dude!

    Dear Narconon victims,
    please do not settle out of court. Go all the way with your case. You can put an end to more pain and suffering and even deaths to others.
    Narconon is a death trap that must be shut down.
    Fight until they are completely closed down.

    TODAY IS WED OCT. 1ST
    HAMILTON HAS GOT THEM BY THE BALLS
    HOW LONG CAN THEY STAY OPEN?
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  37. Random guy Member

    From a realistic POV, non of these cases are going to get to trail. The'll be settled, but while they are on, they draw needed funding and staff from the cult, creates (thank to the Internet) a rich paper trail and hopefully set the cult back money-wise quite a bit.

    Particularly the paper trail is damning. Remember how Mary Rieser almost single handedly lost Narconon the Desmond case? Even if that case was settled, the paper fallout was wondeful!
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  38. RightOn Member

    I can dream can't I?:p
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  39. BigBeard Member

    Actually, even if the case settles the portion of the complaint I quoted above could still have narCONon in big trouble. What they're doing is a Federal violation, and the FCC and FBI could jump all over that regardless of what Mr. Hamilton and his clients do in this particular case. It might even get them in trouble for HIPAA violations if they are recording potential client/patient personal information and sharing it with others. I hope Mr. Hamilton cc:'d copies of the complaint to the FCC and FBI.

    BigBeard
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  40. RightOn Member


    yes!

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