Scientology faces a trademark fight we've been waiting for - but will it get spoiled? - 2016-02-01

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F347.png Scientology faces a trademark fight we've been waiting for - but will it get spoiled? February 1, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

(Jim Fonda and Merrell Vannier)

Almost three years ago, our friend and attorney Scott Pilutik wrote an article for Forbes describing the unique position "independent" Scientologists are in when it comes to challenging the Church of Scientology on its trademarks and its tax exempt status.

Almost since the very beginning of Dianetics and Scientology, there have been people who splintered off to use L. Ron Hubbard's ideas on their own, outside the official church. More often than not, that put them directly in the crosshairs of Hubbard and his "ethics" system, a complex apparatus of surveillance and harassment which he came up with to deal with defectors who dared to "audit" outside his control.


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