Vance Woodward files motion to reconsider his dismissed lawsuit against Scientology - 2014-10-21
We'll give him this — Vance Woodward is a fighter. The attorney, who spent more than 20 years in Scientology, then dropped out of it, wrote a book about his experiences in the church (which he later pulled from circulation), helped us read Dianetics cover to cover in one of our favorite series here at the Bunker, and moved to Los Angeles to restart his legal career, is not giving up on his lawsuit over the $200,000 he says he still has on account at Scientology.
Like other longtime church members, Vance had banked money against future courses that he didn't end up taking, and he wants it back. But Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson granted Scientology's anti-SLAPP motion and dismissed the suit.
Johnson criticized Vance for papering the court with complaints not so much about the money dispute but about how Scientology worked and how it had failed him. Scientology characterized that as an attack on its First Amendment right to free religious expression, and Johnson agreed.