Laura DeCrescenzo fires back at Scientology's desperate new federal court gambit - 2018-02-23
Late last year, we told you about Scientology's latest and rather desperate attempt to derail Laura DeCrescenzo's nine-year odyssey to seek justice after being forced to have an abortion as a 17-year-old Sea Org worker.
Laura first filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in 2009, but its history since then has been tortuous. It was removed to federal court by Scientology, where one of its claims (under a federal law) was knocked down, but then the federal court sent the remaining case back to the LA state court. Judge Ronald Sohigian then dismissed the case, agreeing with Scientology that Laura should have filed in 2008, within four years after leaving her Sea Org position. But an appeals court revived the case, agreeing with the argument that since Laura had remained in the church after leaving the Sea Org, she had been intimidated by the church from filing sooner. Her case has also survived two motions for summary judgment (we were there both times!), and she also got her folders of data after the church appealed all the way to US Supreme Court to keep them out of her hands.
Now, she finally has a firm trial date set for August 13 of this year, but Scientology is trying a pretty wild new tactic: It filed a new federal lawsuit against Laura, claiming that when her case was previously in federal court, it should have been thrown out entirely. That's after the church has spent years litigating the case in state court, including its two defeated motions for summary judgment.