SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: APPEAL SHOT DOWN AFTER YEARLONG WAIT - 2015-11-06
After more than a year since an oral hearing was held in the case, the Texas Third Court of Appeals has finally ruled in Monique Rathbun's favor, denying the Church of Scientology's appeal of a lower court's ruling.
Monique sued Scientology for harassment in 2013, accusing the church of using private investigators and other operatives to follow her and her husband, former Scientology official Mark "Marty" Rathbun, from 2009 to 2013 in what amounted to unreasonable surveillance and a disruption to their lives. Last year, Scientology filed an "anti-SLAPP" motion against Rathbun, arguing that its activities were protected free speech in a religious dispute with her husband. Comal County District Judge Dib Waldrip denied the church's motion, but Scientology then appealed that ruling to the Third Court of Appeals, where Scientology had earlier won a decision that prevented Scientology leader David Miscavige from being deposed in the lawsuit.
This time, the three-judge panel found that Scientology had failed to prove that its activities were protected and couldn't be the basis for a lawsuit...