Court Sends Krishna, Scientology Punitive-Damages Cases to Lower Courts - 1991-03-18
In a separate case, the court ordered further study of a $2.5 million "emotional distress" award won against the Church of Scientology by a former member.
The Church of Scientology of California appealed an order to pay $500,000 in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages to former Scientologist Larry Wollersheim.
A trial jury had awarded Wollersheim $30 million in damages but that amount was reduced by the appeals court.
Wollersheim, a Scientologist from 1969 to 1979 who now lives in Aspen, Colo., said church members coerced and harassed him and tried to drive his novelty business into bankruptcy. Scientology officials denied the charges, but a jury in Los Angeles ruled for Wollersheim.