OY VEY: Scientology invokes Jewish Law to answer lawsuit by attorney Vance Woodward - 2014-06-04

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F347.png OY VEY: Scientology invokes Jewish Law to answer lawsuit by attorney Vance Woodward June 4, 2014, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

In March, the Church of Scientology was sued by former member Vance Woodward, an attorney in the Los Angeles area. Readers at the Underground Bunker were familiar with Vance — he helped us do a comprehensive and fun series, reading L. Ron Hubbard's essential text, Dianetics, cover to cover. Over his 22-year career in the church, Vance estimated that he'd spent about $600,000 and about a third of that was for services he never received.

As part of its 1993 agreement with the IRS that gained Scientology tax-exempt status, the church is required to give refunds to members who qualify for them. But Vance is one of many former members who say Scientology's refund process is a sham. He's suing because he says there's no way to get his money back through the church's own procedures.

Now, Scientology has answered Vance's lawsuit in a predictable way — the church has filed a motion asking the Los Angeles Superior Court to find that Woodward should subject himself to Scientology's internal arbitration rules and dismiss his lawsuit.


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