After 22 years, church pays damages to ex-member - 2002-05-11

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F51.png After 22 years, church pays damages to ex-member May 11, 2002, Richard Leiby, The Age

Teams of lawyers and various rulings came and went, all the way to the US Supreme Court. Judgments against the church hit $US30 million ($A55 million), then dropped to $US2.5 million. But the Church of Scientology never paid - until Thursday, when officials wrote a cheque for more than $8.6 million to end the case, one of the longest-running in Californian history.

"They stalled it and stalled it and stalled it," Mr Wollersheim, 53, said. He called his win a landmark for former members of the church, which is known for heated and protracted legal battles. "I'm smiling," he said. "It's like being the first plaintiff to get a victory against the cigarette companies."


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