Vance Woodward's lawsuit dismissed as judge grants Scientology's anti-SLAPP motion - 2014-10-10
Woodward filed his lawsuit in March, saying that he had been harmed by his years in Scientology and asked for money back that he gave for services that he would never have use for after leaving the church. If you recall, we reported in June that Scientology filed a motion to compel Woodward to dismiss the suit and submit his grievances to Scientology's internal arbitration procedures instead.
Scientology's attorneys also filed another motion, which they asked to be heard after the arbitration matter, which amounted to an anti-SLAPP. At the time, we noted that it was a back-up plan, and we didn't expect it to become an issue yet.
However, on September 29, Scientology switched strategies, and asked to hold off on the motion to compel arbitration and hear the anti-SLAPP motion first. Judge Johnson then granted the motion, and we have a copy of his order.