Florida attorney Ken Dandar hit with $1 million penalty for taking on Scientology - 2014-04-02

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F347.png Florida attorney Ken Dandar hit with $1 million penalty for taking on Scientology April 2, 2014, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Ken Dandar On March 17, retired Pinellas County, Florida circuit judge Crockett Farnell ordered attorney Ken Dandar to pay $1,068,156.50 to the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc.

FSO runs Scientology's "spiritual mecca," the Flag Land Base or "Flag" in Clearwater, Florida where, in 1995, a Scientologist from Dallas named Lisa McPherson died after spending 17 days in the Fort Harrison Hotel, Flag's centerpiece.

Dandar represented McPherson's family in a wrongful death lawsuit against Scientology that was settled with the church in 2004. How he then ended up, a decade later, personally owing Scientology $1 million is a bizarre story of unprecedented legal conflict between state and federal courts in Florida, and it may be years more before the final chapter of that conflict is written.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Florida attorney Ken Dandar hit with $1 million penalty for taking on Scientology | url = https://tonyortega.org/2014/04/02/florida-attorney-ken-dandar-hit-with-1-million-penalty-for-taking-on-scientology/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = April 2, 2014 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}