Scientology litigation update: The Garcias respond, and the NAFC plays hardball - 2014-07-02
Squirrel Busters Ed Bryan and Joanne Wheaton on a boat in a 2011 video we'd like to see again We're trying to stay on top of a lot of different litigation involving the Church of Scientology that's happening around the country. We're fortunate to have numerous tipsters and legal experts who help keep us up on what's going on.
Let's start with the federal fraud lawsuit in Tampa filed by Luis and Rocio Garcia. You'll remember that the Garcias survived a daunting challenge to their lawsuit and its "diversity jurisdiction." They dropped three defendants in order to get around an objection by Scientology, but then the church accused the Garcias of cutting corners in order to make that change.
Now, the Garcias have answered that accusation in a succinct filing — but did so a day late, and have asked Judge James D. Whittemore to excuse their tardiness. Yikes. We'll see what happens.