Garcias file notice of appeal with the Eleventh Circuit, take on two more specialist attorneys - 2015-06-10
After Judge James Whittemore granted the Church of Scientology's motion to compel Luis and Rocio Garcia to take their complaints to the church's internal arbitration, we wondered — would they really go through with Scientology arbitration, or would they appeal?
The Garcias are former longtime Scientologists who filed their fraud lawsuit against Scientology in January 2013, alleging that they had been lied to, for example, about how money they donated would be used.
From the first, they said their dispute was about fraud, not religion, and they tried not to get into a dispute about Scientology beliefs and practices. But the church countered that the Garcias had signed contracts which required them to take all disputes to an arbitration process, and asked Judge Whittemore to compel the Garcias to use that process rather than have a trial in civil court.