Judge James Whittemore Reins in the Garcia v. Scientology Case - 2013-11-15
Ten months after the Garcias filed the lawsuit in January, Scientology said it suddenly discovered that some of the trustees for the entities in the lawsuit are in California, where the Garcias live. Because of that, the church argues, the fraud lawsuit should not have been filed in a federal court in Tampa. The Garcias complained about the lack of information in the church's motion and asked for the ability to do discovery on the church's entities and trustees.
Judge Whittemore didn't indicate whether he's going to allow that discovery, but in the meantime he wants the two sides to stop filing motions and responses, and he's stricken from the record some of the things that have been entered.
We asked a member of our legal team to give us some thoughts on the judge's order.