Scientology denied: Eleventh Circuit brushes aside church attempt to stop Garcia appeal - 2019-03-07
What's this? Some good news in the Luis and Rocio Garcia lawsuit against Scientology? You don't say.
It might be a relatively small development, but at this point the Garcias will probably take whatever they can get. This week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta denied Scientology's attempt to derail the Garcias' appeal of their disappointing result in a Florida US district court, and their appeal will continue on.
In January 2013, the Garcias initially filed their lawsuit against several Scientology entities, claiming that they had been defrauded by a church that lied to them in order to convince them to make more than a million dollars in donations over their years as members. But Scientology's attorneys convinced US district court judge James Whittemore that because the Garcias had signed contracts obliging them to take all grievances to Scientology's internal arbitration, he couldn't interfere without violating Scientology's First Amendment religious rights.