Signs of chaos emerge for Scientology's drug rehab legal defense - 2014-09-01
The last time we reported on the 19 lawsuits filed against Scientology's drug rehab network Narconon by Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton, we told you that Hamilton had won a decisive victory in the Geanacopulos lawsuit when Judge James C. Mahan denied the motion to dismiss filed by Narconon International and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE).
We called it an across-the-board victory as Judge Mahan knocked down each of the arguments made by International and ABLE, and we may have been more right than we realized.
We just learned that Narconon's attorneys have asked that its motions to dismiss in several of the Hamilton lawsuits be withdrawn. There's no explanation given, and in each of the lawsuits — McClure, Tino, Winchell, and Yates — it's the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, representing Rainbow Canyon Retreat — the Narconon Fresh Start facility in Caliente, Nevada — which has asked for the withdrawals. (The Geanocopoulis lawsuit also involves the Nevada rehab center.)