How Scientology sets up its members to find themselves helpless in court - 2015-08-07
We've provided a lot of detailed, step-by-step coverage of numerous lawsuits involving the Church of Scientology in recent years. They tend to involve large dollar amounts (as in the case of the Garcias, who say they were defrauded of about $440,000), or years of abuse (as in the case of Laura DeCrescenzo), or major legal maneuvers from Scientology's top officials and lawyers (as in the case of Monique Rathbun's harassment suit in Texas).
But today we have something on the other end of the scale. A legal action involving a modest request for a refund that took place this week in a Phoenix small claims court, and which once again proved how Scientology has US courts tied up in knots because of the draconian nature of the contracts it makes members sign.
We heard about the case from the plaintiff, Ann Ashley, whose involvement in Scientology was brief and recent. In October, she began paying for Scientology services at the Church of Scientology of Arizona, which is the "Ideal Org" that was opened in Scottsdale on June 23, 2012. (And we'll never forget a certain fundraising video for that facility.)