Fraud Portion of Suit Against Scientology Dismissed - 1986-05-13
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Church of Scientology didn't defraud a former member, a judge has ruled, but the member will be allowed to pursue a lawsuit claiming that church practices caused him emotional harm.
Superior Court Judge Ronald Swearinger on Monday dismissed part of a lawsuit against the church by Larry Wollersheim, ruling that Wollersheim couldn't claim that Scientologists intentionally defrauded him. The balance of the suit will be decided by a jury, Swearinger ruled.
Wollersheim's attorney, Leta Schlosser, said the judge agreed with the church's argument that there was no proof the people named in the lawsuit believed the practices they used on Wollersheim were fraudulent.