Garcias ask for hearing on farcical 'arbitration'; Scientology files 600 pages in Laura D case - 2018-03-03
Scientology litigation has really been heating up lately. Luis and Rocio Garcia filed two new motions in court this week as they continue to press Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore to raise questions about the Scientology internal arbitration he compelled the Irvine, California couple to go through in October.
The church, meanwhile, just filed a 600-page motion in its new federal lawsuit against Laura DeCrescenzo, asking for summary judgment to kill her 9-year forced-abortion lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court. The church wants a March 29 hearing on its motion, but we're told that one later in April is more likely as that federal action comes to a head.
The Garcias filed their lawsuit against the Church of Scientology in 2013 for what they claim were fraudulent acts to convince them to donate hundreds of thousands for the church's building projects. Whittemore sided with Scientology, which argued that the Garcias were bound by contract to take their grievances to Scientology's internal arbitration — which the church admitted had never actually taken place before. Whittemore stayed the Garcias' lawsuit and compelled the couple to undergo the two-day arbitration in Los Angeles, which the Garcias have called a farce. (The church arbitrating panel awarded them about $18,000, but the couple refused it.)