Federal judge dismisses Georgia class-action lawsuit against Scientology and rehab network - 2014-02-21
Federal District Judge Steve C. Jones (pictured, right) has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Scientology and its drug rehab network, Narconon, that was filed by seven plaintiffs last June.
Atlanta attorney Jeff Harris filed the lawsuit on behalf of seven people who said they had been defrauded by Narconon Georgia, a troubled drug rehab center that gave up its license last year as a way to escape prosecution in a deal with a district attorney. That investigation included a raid of the facility, and is ongoing.
Harris filed the class-action lawsuit in a Georgia state court, but Scientology had it removed to federal court and then filed motions to dismiss on behalf of all four defendants — Narconon Georgia, the facility's parent organization Narconon International, the drug rehab network's parent the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), and Scientology's nominally controlling entity the Religious Technology Center (RTC), which oversees ABLE and the rest of the Scientology movement.