Valerie Haney takes fight against Scientology 'arbitration' to California Supreme Court - 2020-11-12
Valerie Haney told us that she was determined to fight Scientology's attempt to get her into its "religious arbitration," and court records show that she's doing exactly that, taking her battle to California's highest court in a new filing.
In January, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Burdge denied Valerie's right to a trial on her allegations of kidnapping, stalking, and slander. The judge agreed with Scientology's argument to derail her lawsuit because she had signed a contract as a church employee promising to take all grievances to Scientology's own brand of "religious arbitration." In August he upheld the decision after she filed a motion for reconsideration.
In September Valerie filed a petition with the state's 2nd Appellate Division, asking for the right to appeal Judge Burdge's ruling without first actually having to go through Scientology's arbitration, but the appeals court denied her petition, calling it "untimely."