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Ryan Hamilton files federal lawsuit against Narconon Fresh Start in Nevada

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

  1. Quite a litany of disgraceful conduct - alleged - isn't it? Fraud, illegal recording and divulging of confidential patient data, false representations, on and on...the full Monty, really.
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  2. Random guy Member

    I'd say Hamilton alleges they have broken about as many laws as they possibly can given their position.
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  3. jensting Member

    not divulged, revealed in confidence to a religous pastor type person. Just like catholic confessions, really. And they will appeal all the way to to the SCOTUS if you say different (and if the ensuing delay can further their cause)!
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  4. You're confusing the totally secular Narconon secular drug treatment with Scientology religious ritual, Jens. What would a totally secular organisation be doing sharing info with Scientology religious pastor types??? That would be unprecedented, inconceivable, surely?
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  5. DeathHamster Member

    Ah, but in one case, Narconon argued that it's faith-based.

    They can have their pie and eat it, and to say different is to Interfere with Freedom of Religion!
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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ryan Hamilton files two more federal lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab network

    Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton is still on a roll, filing his 23rd and 24th lawsuits this week against the Church of Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon.

    Beginning in January, Hamilton has been filing lawsuits against the Narconon facilities in California, Nevada, and Colorado, and over that time we’ve seen him bolster his complaints with material from other suits following patient deaths in Georgia and Oklahoma. In each case, Hamilton targets the local facility and two umbrella corporations, Narconon International and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), which are staffed by Scientology “Sea Org” officers.

    International and ABLE have already thrown in the towel on a number of lawsuits (at least more than seven of them), and at least one of the local facilities has entered into mediation to settle one of the suits. None of the numerous motions to dismiss filed against Hamilton’s suits has been successful.

    So he keeps on filing them. In the 23rd suit, Michigan resident Deanna Tetreau was looking for a rehab facility for her daughter Jennifer Henning in January when she came across a website that claimed to be an independent referral service. It connected her with a Narconon Fresh Start representative, Josh Penn, who made the usual representations: That the Narconon program was scientifically proven, that it was drug counseling under the supervision of medical personnel, and that it had a success rate over 70 percent.

    They signed a contract and paid $34,000 so Jennifer could attend the Narconon Fresh Start facility in Warner Springs, California, known as Sunshine Summit Lodge.

    Like so many others before her, once Jennifer started the program, she realized it wasn’t drug counseling — it was Scientology training.

    <snipped>

    By our count, that’s twenty-four 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)
    Wes, Ricky, and Jana Martin (Nevada)

    http://tonyortega.org/2014/10/09/ry...uits-against-scientologys-drug-rehab-network/
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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

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  9. Random guy Member

    The judge gave him a chance to amend his complaint, and most of what the judge mentions is really about crossing the t's and dotting the i's, so I guess this isn't really much of a setback.
  10. DeathHamster Member

    Can he take this chance to do a full upgrade to the latest lawsuit version, or would that be introducing new stuff?
  11. Random guy Member

    What can and can't be done in the highly idiosyncratic US legal system is beyond me.
  12. JohnnyRUClear Member

    This guy needs a theme song. I'd say he needs a cape, too, but apparently he doesn't.
  13. RightOn Member

    TODAY IS SAT. NOV. 1ST
    HAMILTON HAS GOT THEM BY THE BALLS
    HOW LONG CAN THEY STAY OPEN?
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  14. DeathHamster Member

    Yesterday was supposed to be:
    October 31 -- California - Initial Case Conference Voiculescu/Kelly v Narconon Frest Start. State case alleging Fraud, Unjust Enrichment, Breach of Contract, etc. filed February 13, 2014 in San Diego County. Plaintiffs' attorney is Danielle Wakefield. See: http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthrea...l=1#post928143
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  15. DeathHamster Member

  16. From http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,6462.100.html
    « Reply #114 on: November 01, 2014, 22:30 »

    Quote from: Sunshine on November 01, 2014, 21:35
    For some reason the search function does not work for me so I do not know if this has been posted.
    Was this cased dismissed?

    Register of Actions (ROA)
    Case Information
    Case Number: 37-2014-00002635-CU-BC-NC Date Filed: 02/13/2014
    Case Title: Voiculescu vs. Narconon Fresh Start [IMAGED] Case Status: Dismissed
    Case Category: Civil - Unlimited Location: North County
    Case Type: Breach of Contract/Warranty Judicial Officer: Timothy M. Casserly
    Case Age: 84 days Department: N-31

    https://roa.sdcourt.ca.gov/roa/faces/CaseSearch.xhtml

    Thanks for the update. This case and complaint were posted up on Narconon Reviews earlier this year but I'm not sure when, and if it was mentioned on this thread.

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

    The rest of the docket explains a bit more, showing that Voiculescu and Kelly dismissed it with prejudice ( meaning they agree to not sure on this matter again ) Meaning this case was settled by agreement before dismissal. Good for them!

    Quote
    Case Information
    Case Number: 37-2014-00002635-CU-BC-NC Date Filed: 02/13/2014
    Case Title: Voiculescu vs. Narconon Fresh Start [IMAGED] Case Status: Dismissed

    ROA# Entry Date Short/Long Entry Filed By Document Cart

    12 05/08/2014 Civil Case Management Conference scheduled for 10/31/2014 at 09:00:00 AM at North County in N-31 Timothy M. Casserly was vacated.

    11 05/05/2014 Complaint dismissed with prejudice as to Kelly, Dan .
    10 05/05/2014 Complaint dismissed with prejudice as to Voiculescu, Eugeniu .

    9 05/05/2014 Complaint dismissed with prejudice as to Narconon Fresh Start.

    8 05/05/2014 Request for Dismissal with Prejudice - Entire Action filed by Voiculescu, Eugeniu; Kelly, Dan.

    Refers to: Narconon Fresh Start Voiculescu, Eugeniu (Plaintiff); Kelly, Dan (Plaintiff) Request for Dismissal with Prejudice - Entire Action
  17. Random guy Member


    So the case was dismissed, and is now out of the court system?
  18. DeathHamster Member

    Presumably it was a settlement with restrictions on what they can say about it. That was Narconon's old way of sweeping stuff under the carpet, so that new complaints would have no idea how much junk had happened before and evidence wouldn't go on record.
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  19. Random guy Member


    How I love Hamilton and his nice way of spreading this stuff everywhere, and the Desmond case team who tenaciously let delicious dox drop all over the Internet!
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  20. Quentinanon Member

    "The only people who can help" want to maintain a public image contrary to their actual behaviour, which is criminal.
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  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ryan Hamilton’s next move: Consolidating his Narconon litigation into one big case

    Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed 24 separate lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, in three states. We’ve noticed that some of our commenters have wondered how one attorney can handle so many different suits at the same time, and apparently, that question has occurred to Hamilton himself.

    On November 3, Hamilton submitted a motion to consolidate the pretrial phase of his 24 lawsuits to the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

    Hamilton is asking that the pretrial matters in his pending actions in California, Colorado, and Nevada be coordinated in the federal court’s Las Vegas division.

    His reasoning? Although the cases involve several different Narconon facilities in three states, they are all overseen by Scientology entities Narconon International and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), who have also been named in the suits as defendants. And each of the lawsuits have many common themes.

    <snipped>

    In six of the cases (Mott in Colorado, Burchett in California, and Tarr, Winchell, McClure, and Yates in Nevada) defendants Narconon International and ABLE have already settled, but the local facilities have not.

    In one case (Estrada in California), all of the defendants have agreed to settle, and terms are still being worked out.

    And in two other cases (Martin in Nevada and Vairo in Colorado), arbitration is likely.

    None of the 24 lawsuits has been dismissed.

    Here’s Hamilton’s motion…

    Ryan Hamilton: Multidistrict Litigation brief

    http://tonyortega.org/2014/11/10/ry...ng-his-narconon-litlgation-into-one-big-case/
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  22. Random guy Member

    Say, didn't a federal judge already toss out ABLE's attempt a slinking off? I guess this makes Hamilton a bit more sure of putting all eggs in one basket.

    A thing Ortega missed mentioning (or I missed) is that the individual cases against the different Narconon outlets all stand.
  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton submitted an interesting document in a California federal case in October that we’re just now getting around to. We’ve been following the 24 lawsuits Hamilton has filed against Narconon in California, Nevada, and Colorado, accusing the rehab network of deceptive business practices.

    In each case, Hamilton has sued a local rehab facility, as well as two Scientology umbrella groups, Narconon International (NI) and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE). In several of the cases, NI and ABLE have settled to get out of the suits, while the local facility fights on.

    In this latest filing, from the Mowery v. Narconon Redwood Cliffs lawsuit, Hamilton notes that NI and ABLE are settling and will be removed as defendants. But then, the plan hit a snag.

    “However, Redwood Cliffs’ counsel has not agreed to sign the stipulation of dismissal of ABLE and NI,” Hamilton writes, and he’s asking the court to order the dismissal on its own.

    Our legal experts tell us what’s going on is that insurers who represent NI and ABLE are pushing to get out of these loser lawsuits, but that Scientology is still eager to fight them. That’s led to some strife between the insurers and Scientology, and we expect that it tends to favor Hamilton’s cause.

    More here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2014/12/02/an...-leader-david-miscavige-in-our-legal-roundup/
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  24. BigBeard Member

    Yotz! Here's hoping the insurers jack premiums for narCONon so high it'll drain both the Cof$ international reserves and IAS war chest if Cof$ wants to keep them open.

    BigBeard
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  25. RightOn Member



    Question is,
    what insurer would agree to insure these bozos with their track record, their quack science and those dangerous living conditions? It makes no sense!
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  26. BigBeard Member

    My feeling is they'd insure a stick of dynamite with a lit fuse if the premiums were high enough.

    BigBeard
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  27. RightOn Member


    indeed. But there must be a limit to their "patience"?
    Like people who are dropped after filing one homeowners claim?
    Or if they are continually paying out too much for the same thing, like in this case?
    IDK , does the COS have something on their insurers?
  28. Maybe we can find out who the insurer is and warn them?
  29. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology hit with 25th lawsuit by Las Vegas attorney as he goes after Florida rehab

    Ryan Hamilton has now filed his 25th lawsuit against the Church of Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, and this time he’s opened up a new front — in the state of Florida.

    Hamilton began filing his lawsuits in February, and limited them to cases in California, Nevada, and Colorado. They follow a pattern which grew more robust over the year — they accuse Narconon of running a deceptive scam that advertises drug counseling and instead delivers Scientology training.

    Hamilton this week filed a federal fraud lawsuit against Narconon Gulf Coast in the Florida panhandle town of Destin. The facility recently changed its name to “Blu by the Sea,” one of numerous name changes by Scientology rehab centers as they try to get away from the embattled name “Narconon.”

    Hamilton and a local attorney, Jeffrey M. Stephens, filed the suit on behalf of Florida resident Lucy Guidotti. The complaint says that Guidotti was looking for information on rehab facilities in March 2013 when she ran across a website named gulfcoastdrugrehab.com that made several claims: Its facility had a better than 90 percent success rate, its sauna program could eliminate drug cravings, and patients received individualized drug counseling. (In other words, the usual pitch from Narconon centers.)

    When Lucy called, she was told by Deborah Ross and her son Christopher that the rehab center employed “highly-trained specialists” with “degrees in psychiatry.” (For a place associated with the virulently anti-psychiatry Scientology, that’s a pretty surprising claim.) Guidotti was also told she’d be under supervision of medical professionals. Based on those promises, she paid $40,000 up front for treatment.

    Like others who go to Narconon, Guidotti soon found that those promises had little to do with what actually goes on at Narconon. Instead, she received Scientology training and Scientology’s unscientific theories about its sauna program.

    <snipped>

    In other Ryan Hamilton news, there’s been a lot of court action as judges around the country react to his attempt to consolidate the cases in one federal courthouse in Nevada. There have been many decisions whether or not to stay cases while that works out, and other matters, and most of them aren’t worth singling out at the moment. But two court orders we are going to note: One that went against Hamilton and one that went for him.

    In the Brown lawsuit, federal Judge Michael Anello granted Narconon’s motion to dismiss the claim Hamilton had made based on the Federal Wiretap Act. (Narconon had recorded two phone calls made by the plaintiff, Sherri Brown, without her consent.) Although the judge dismissed this claim, he didn’t rule on the lawsuit’s other claims, which are based on state law. So Hamilton will be able to refile the lawsuit in state court, and our legal experts expect that he will.

    In the Tarr case, however, Narconon’s motion to dismiss was denied, including Narconon’s objection to Hamilton’s claim for the intentional infliction of emotional distress. Judge Gloria M. Navarro found that each of the lawsuit’s claims were stated sufficiently that they could be presented to a jury. And her words about the intentional infliction of emotional distress claim should be a pretty scary wake-up call for Scientology in these lawsuits going forward.

    More here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2014/12/23/scientologys-2014-in-review-march/
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  30. RightOn Member

    Early Christmas presents everywhere
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  31. DeathHamster Member

    Narconon always pays the premium, but they don't always kill someone.

    The insurance companies do a cold statistical calculation that the premiums will probably be greater than the payouts, but every lawsuit, especially with payouts, will change that calculation. Hopefully the Narconons are going to have to go to the "BAD CREDIT - NO CREDIT!" bottom-feeder companies now.
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  32. RightOn Member

    Those premiums are going to be insane. The latest lolsuit said that the lady paid $40,000 up front. It's usually around $30,000 and below $35,000, isn't it?
    Wonder if the COS will up their prices?
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  33. I want to emphasize this:

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    When Lucy called, she was told by Deborah Ross and her son Christopher that the rehab center employed “highly-trained specialists” with “degrees in psychiatry.” (For a place associated with the virulently anti-psychiatry Scientology, that’s a pretty surprising claim.) Guidotti was also told she’d be under supervision of medical professionals. Based on those promises, she paid $40,000 up front for treatment.

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *

    Guidotti v. Narconon: Complaint
    https://www.scribd.com/doc/25080764...omplaint?secret_password=Bc9LuYMRDnYLY7meqPhc
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  34. DeathHamster Member

    Code:
    http://www.blubythesea.com/
    BluPsych.jpg

    What the hell is Psychology Today claiming that they verified? (The lying implication is that Ross has some sort of psychology qualification.)

    If you click on the box, it goes to a vague page:
    http://treatment.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_detail.php?profid=162628&amp;p=10&amp;tr=Ext_Verify

    verified by Psychology Today
    Mr. Christopher Ross has been Verified by Psychology Today

    The information in the Therapy Directory is provided exclusively by participating Centers. When you see this seal, it means Psychology Today has verified the following:
    • The name and contact details of the professional
    • That the professional's license, if applicable, is valid within the state in which he or she practices
    • That the professional is not subject to any license strictures preventing practice
    Psychology Today verifies the information at the time a Center is initially listed in the Therapy Directory and then upon expiration of the professional's credentials.
    If you find any of the information in the Therapy Directory to be inaccurate in any way, please tell us by emailing: therapist@psychologytoday.com

    Another vague page full of advertising:
    http://treatment.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_detail.php?profid=162628&amp;p=1

    Beats me what PT claims to have verified about Mister Christopher Ross. Maybe I should email The Rapist @ PsychologyToday and ask?
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  35. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ryan Hamilton makes it 26 lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab scheme

    Ryan Hamilton has filed yet another federal fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. This makes 26 lawsuits he’s filed just since last February, and none of them has been dismissed (although a number of them have been settled or are in mediation).

    Once again, Hamilton has filed a lawsuit on behalf of someone who paid for drug counseling at the Narconon Fresh Start facility in Caliente, Nevada, known as Rainbow Canyon Retreat.

    Maryland resident Dianna Nardella found the place by searching online for a rehab facility for her son, Charles, in December 2011. According to the complaint filed by Hamilton, Dianna found herself talking on the phone to Narconon Fresh Start representative Ryan Warczak.

    “Dianna explained to Warczak that her son had recently been a passenger in automobile accident in which three of his friends had been killed and her son was the lone survivor. Dianna further explained that her son needed a rehabilitation program that provided both substance abuse treatment and counseling for his grief and depression related to the auto accident,” says the lawsuit.

    Warczak, the complaint alleges, told Dianna that Narconon “provided for grief and depression as well as substance abuse treatment.”

    Hamilton points out that, in fact, in other cases Narconon has admitted that it doesn’t provide counseling at all. Instead, patients go through Scientology training that is the same for each subject.

    Dianna was also told that Narconon has a 76-percent success rate, and was secular. In fact, the program is entirely based on Scientology concepts, and the success rate is wildly exaggerated. Hamilton runs through the evidence he’s gathered in other cases showing that Narconon is really aimed at recruiting people for Scientology, and its own expert witness admitted there was no science behind its sauna-and-vitamins regimen.

    “Because of Defendants’ deception, Charles did not receive any substance treatment or counseling for his grief and depression.”

    Here’s the complaint:

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2015/01/06/ry...suits-against-scientologys-drug-rehab-scheme/
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  36. DeathHamster Member

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  37. Random guy Member


    Isn't that playing doctor?
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  38. Quentinanon Member

    Like with scientology, in NarCONon there's no such thing as "the bottom of the barrel". They always find a way to sink themselves lower. They just cannot conduct a legitimate business. To apply "standard tech", they must defraud and scam.
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