Family sues Scientology in '95 death of woman - 1997-02-20

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F15.png Family sues Scientology in '95 death of woman February 20, 1997, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times

A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that the Church of Scientology is responsible for the death of Lisa McPherson, who died in 1995 while in the care of church members.

The lawsuit claims McPherson received Scientology treatments that "were carried out by medically untrained and unlicensed personnel."

The lawsuit was filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court by Tampa lawyer Ken Dandar, an attorney representing McPherson's estate. It promises to seek "substantial" punitive and compensatory damages against the church.

Scientology lawyer Elliot Abelson said Wednesday: "This type of lawsuit, based on no facts, is an extortion attempt. It's only about money."


{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Tobin | title = Family sues Scientology in '95 death of woman | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/17001852.html?FMT=FT&dids=17001852:17001852&FMTS=ABS:FT | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = February 20, 1997 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}