Western World wins dispute over Scientology-based rehab operation - 2018-01-12
A federal district court has largely ruled in favor of Western World Insurance Company in a dispute with an insurer that provides coverage for nonprofits, in a dispute as to whether it is obligated to provide defense costs for a Church of Scientology-affiliated drug rehabilitation operation.
The issue in the litigation in Western World Insurance Company v. Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California is which insurer must provide the defense in two lawsuits filed against Los Angeles-based Narconon International, which oversees a Scientology-based treatment program implemented by local state affiliates, according to Tuesday's ruling by the U.S. District Court in San Jose.
The first lawsuit was filed on behalf of Patrick Desmond, who was a patient at Narconon affiliate Narconon of Georgia. In June 2008, after consuming alcohol provided by Narconon staff at a staff member's apartment, Mr. Desmond left with two former patients to purchase heroin and died early the next morning from a heroin overdose, according to the ruling. Mr. Desmond's family sued Narconon of Georgia and Narconon International for claims including negligence.