Texas appeals court gets Scientology leader David Miscavige out of testifying in harassment lawsuit - 2014-07-17

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F347.png Texas appeals court gets Scientology leader David Miscavige out of testifying in harassment lawsuit July 17, 2014, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

The Texas Third Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court's order for Scientology leader David Miscavige to be deposed in one phase of Monique Rathbun's harassment lawsuit against the church.

The appeals panel decided that Comal County Judge Dib Waldrip had abused his discretion when he agreed with Monique's legal team that in order to prove that the Texas county court had jurisdiction over Miscavige, who is in California, he could be questioned to determine his connection to what she alleges were years of harassment by Scientology operatives. (Miscavige has never accepted service in the lawsuit, filing what's called a "special appearance" to try and get him removed from it on jurisdiction grounds.)

The appeals court held that as Scientology's leader, Miscavige enjoyed some protection from what is known in Texas law as an "apex deposition." The rule protects CEOs, for example, from being dragged into lawsuits that don't really have anything to do with them.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Texas appeals court gets Scientology leader David Miscavige out of testifying in harassment lawsuit | url = https://tonyortega.org/2014/07/17/texas-appeals-court-gets-scientology-leader-david-miscavige-out-of-testifying-in-harassment-lawsuit/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = July 17, 2014 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}