TO: Mosey Rathbun files multi-million dollar lawsuit against CoS for harassment

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Spurned attorneys look for answers in Scientology case

    By Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, August 29, 2017


    Why did Marty Rathbun flip?

    That was the question that hovered over the legal proceedings in a Bexar County courtroom Tuesday morning.

    It’s the question that has gripped Scientology watchers for more than a year, a question that compelled a team of three high-powered local attorneys to file a petition last month against Rathbun, the former second-in-command of the controversial Church of Scientology, and his wife, Monique.

    Marty Rathbun spent 27 years in the Church. During that time, he was known for being a hardball operator. For example, Joseph Yanny, a former Scientology lawyer, said in 1988 that Rathbun told him to steal the medical records of a Scientology critic from the Betty Ford Center for blackmail material.

    By Rathbun’s own admission, he arranged to tap the phone of actor Tom Cruise’s then-wife, Nicole Kidman (a Scientology skeptic), as part of an effort by Church leader David Miscavige to keep Cruise in the Scientology fold by breaking up the Cruise-Kidman marriage.

    Rathbun left the Church in 2004, and after hiding out for a few years, emerged as one of Scientology’s most prominent and caustic critics. In response, Church loyalists camped out next to the Rathbuns’ home in the South Texas coastal town of Ingleside, videotaped their every move and made their lives miserable.

    The pranks allegedly included the mailing of an adult toy to Monique’s place of employment and the sending of flowers to one of Monique’s female co-workers, with a romantic note made to appear as though it came from Monique.

    After moving to Bulverde in 2012 to escape the alleged stalking, the Rathbuns hired attorneys Ray Jeffrey (the former mayor of Bulverde), Elliott Cappuccio and Marc Wiegand to file a harassment lawsuit against the Church. The lawsuit offered not only the possibility of a payout from the Church but also the hope that the elusive Miscavige could be forced to testify.

    Then, without warning (and without cause), Monique and Marty fired their lawyers in January 2016. Four months later, the couple dropped its lawsuit against the Church.

    Jeffrey, Cappuccio and Wiegand smelled something foul.

    They couldn’t help but notice that Marty — after years of harsh attacks against Miscavige and the Church — started softening the tone of his blog in early 2016 and began to redirect his fire at what he called the ASC (Anti-Scientology Cult). They found it strange that in 2015 the Rathbuns, without informing their lawyers, moved back to Ingleside, where they somehow found the means to purchase a home appraised at $264,000.

    The wondered what Monique meant when she said, in a motion to dismiss the case, “My husband and I have effectively achieved the primary purpose that the lawsuit was originally intended to serve, by our own independent efforts.”

    The Rathbuns’ former attorneys had worked for two-and-a-half years on a contingency basis, meaning they didn’t earn a penny from their efforts. They suspected that Marty and Monique dropped the lawsuit (and their criticisms of Scientology) in exchange for a secret payment from the Church.

    So Jeffrey and co. did something that lawyers hate to do: they initiated legal action against a former client. It’s something that Jeffrey says he has never done in 32 years of legal practice.

    The attorneys’ petition is a request for an order that will allow them to take depositions from the Rathbuns and comb through the couple’s financial records. It would allow the attorneys to see what kind of case they have before they commit to a lawsuit against the couple.

    Jeffrey stood Tuesday in front of District Court Judge Karen Pozza and told her, “Your honor, you didn’t know it when you woke up this morning, but you’re dipping your toe into the world of Scientology-related litigation.”

    He added: “It sure looks likely that some sort of a settlement was done behind our backs.”

    The Rathbuns’ new attorney, Richard Reynolds, tried to get Pozza to throw out Jeffrey’s 12 exhibits, but the judge admitted all of them. At the end of the hearing, she asked Jeffrey and his co-counsel to narrow the scope of their request and said she would come back with a ruling on Thursday.

    It was a low-key hearing on a procedural matter in a near-empty courtroom. But the drama was unmistakable. For decades, the Church of Scientology has been an institution driven by paranoia and the intimidation of anyone who attempts to penetrate its wall of obfuscation.

    Jeffrey and co. are trying to knock some bricks out of that wall.

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    Ford Greene responds to Marty Rathbun, and brings up a previous Scientology secret deal

    By Tony Ortega, September 13, 2017


    We heard this week from Ford Greene, the California lawyer who was involved in important litigation against the Church of Scientology and who also recently appeared on a special 2-hour episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. He’s also the former two-time mayor of San Anselmo, California.

    Ford wanted to share a couple of items with us in regards to the things that Mark “Marty” Rathbun said about him in a short video segment that was posted to YouTube on August 20.

    It was one of dozens of short videos Rathbun has posted to his blog and his YouTube channel, many of them critiquing Remini’s show, including the episode that featured Ford Greene. Rathbun ridiculed Greene, saying that what Remini said about him was exaggerated. Greene was one of several attorneys involved in Lawrence Wollersheim’s epic legal saga, for example, but Rathbun says that Greene must have been pretty unimportant, because Rathbun was personally involved in Wollersheim negotiations and didn’t see the California attorney.

    “I’ve never met Ford Greene in my life,” Rathbun says.

    But as with so much of what Rathbun has been putting in these videos that he’s been posting since June, much of what he’s saying is easily disproven, often by what he himself has said in the past.
    In this case, Greene told us, he has a document to show that Rathbun is all wet.

    On June 15, 1989, a woman named Vicki Aznaran sat for a sworn deposition in her lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. Aznaran had left the church in 1988 from her position as Inspector General at the Religious Technology Center — a job that subsequently became Rathbun’s. She and her husband Richard Aznaran filed a lawsuit in 1988, seeking $20 million in damages.

    Litigation by such a formerly high-ranking official was a major problem for the church, and Scientology’s legal team threw everything they had at the couple. But in a show of defiance, Aznaran’s attorney, Ford Greene, showed up for Vicki’s deposition wearing shorts, sandals, and a shirt that read “Cult Buster.”

    Reading a transcript of the deposition, it was pretty obvious that Greene’s attire really got under the skin of Scientology’s attorney, Earle Cooley, as well as the rest of his team. And at one point, when the two sides were trading barbs, one member of the church’s entourage spoke up. It was Marty Rathbun.


    The petition filed by Ray Jeffrey and his colleagues asking the court to order the Rathbuns to sit for depositions and turn over financial information was denied by the San Antonio court on a technicality. They can refile it in San Patricio County, where the Rathbuns live.

    Whether they’re compelled to testify or not, it would be nice to get some more answers about what’s going from the Rathbuns.

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  4. Lickit10Times Member


    I did not quite understand if Marty is with the Church or not? Why would he give out to Church in Israel a private letter from an independent from there????????????
  5. To keep the money from Bob Duggan coming.
  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    A search for Rathbun's address turns up two mentions on Bizapedia, showing two businesses which were both registered not long after this:

    Wimoma LLC in Ingleside, TX | Company Information & Reviews


    Wimoma LLC is a Texas Limited-Liability Company filed on August 19, 2017 . The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 0802795812.

    The Registered Agent on file for this company is Mark C Rathbun and is located at 501 Sunset, Ingleside On The Bay, TX 78362. The company's principal address is 501 Sunset, Ingleside, TX 78362-4736.

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    Bibby's Cakes And Catering, LLC in Ingleside, TX | Company Info & Reviews


    Bibby's Cakes And Catering, LLC is a Texas Limited-Liability Company filed on September 14, 2017 . The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 0802814618.

    The Registered Agent on file for this company is Monique Renee Rathbun and is located at 501 Sunset, Ingleside On The Bay, TX 78362. The company's principal address is 501 Sunset, Ingleside, TX 78362-4736.

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  7. tippytoe Member

    So if Scientology (or some front) cuts a check to Winona LLC or Bibby's Cakes, is that a way Rathbun can get his settlement for dropping the case without having to pay the lawyers ?
  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ray Jeffrey on Marty Rathbun

    By Tony Ortega, February 17, 2018


    We reported earlier that an attempt by Marty and Monique Rathbun’s former attorneys — Ray Jeffrey, Marc Wiegand, and Elliott Cappuccio — to have the Rathbuns deposed was denied by a San Antonio judge on a technicality, and that they could re-file their request with a court in San Patricio County, where the Rathbuns live. We have asked Jeffrey numerous times whether he plans to re-file that court request, and last night he put up this answer on Facebook:

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