Friday, December 09, 2005

Closing Arguments - Wollersheim Case

The closing arguments for the Wollersheim Case is on Monday 12th December.

The LA Times will be there.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Opening Statement by Wollersheim's attorney, Craig Stein - Cult Collection

This is the opening statement my attorney made for this Scientology collection case in LA. Much has gone on in court since my last update, but I have been so busy here days nights and weekends with adjustments and further trial prep and adjustment work I did not have the time to even add to this blog. I hope to do a update for the last 2 weeks of trial during the next week of trial.

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You know, after more than 25 years of being a lawyer I’ve been called a lot of things. But yesterday, was the first time anybody ever referred to me as being “rag tag.” I’m still not sure what to make of that.

Anyway, thank you very much for your patience and willingness to serve. Getting to this point has been simply an ordeal. My client, Lawrence Wollersheim and I are going to do our best to speed the process along from this point so you can complete your work, make a fair and reasoned decision, and get back to your regular life and your friends and family.

I’ve thought long and hard on how to provide you with a look into how this case can best be introduced, and what came to me was something one of my law professors said to us during orientation on my first day of law school, nearly 30 years ago.

The professor said, if your case is strong on the facts, pound the facts. If your case is strong on the law, pound the law. However, he said, if you’ve got a weak case, pound the table!”

Well, the evidence and the law will demonstrate that Lawrence’s case is both strong on the law and strong on the facts, and so that is where Lawrence will place his emphasis, and his trust and his confidence in you to see this through to the end, and reach the truth.

Let me all ask you this question, and I am not looking for an answer or a show of hands, but, lets say you hired a painter to paint two rooms in your house, and you made a contract with that painter to pay $500 for the work. And let’s say the painter finished his work and gave you a bill for $2000. And when you asked why, the painter said, well, I raised my rates. And let’s say when you balked at paying that bill, because it wasn’t your agreement, the painter said, well, now that you’ve breached my contract I’m going to ignore the contract and sue you for the reasonable value of my services, and by the way, according to me, the reasonable value of my services are $5000. And the painter then sues you for that?

How about instead of a painter, it was a lawyer who you thought you could trust, and had trusted for more than 20 years, that pulled this stunt. How would you feel then?

Lawyer’s are not painters. Lawyer’s owe their client’s, the highest possible degree of fidelity . This obligation is often called a fiduciary duty. It is the highest duty of care and honesty possible, and the law imposes this duty on lawyers in their dealings with their clients.

Yesterday Mr. Gwire asked you how much you would pay for food if you were starving, or for water if you were dying of thirst?

Well let’s look at it another way, if the person selling the food and water had a legal duty to you of the highest fidelity, would you expect that person to try to take advantage of you because of your situation, or would you expect that person to be a paragon of candor and fairness?

I am going to read a quote to you from a 100 year old decision of a California Court of Appeal.

DEMONSTRATE:
“An attorney at law should be a paragon of candor, fairness, honor, and fidelity in all his dealings with those who placed their trust in his ability and integrity, and he will at all times and under all circumstances be held to the full measure of what ought to be.” Sanguinetti v. Rosen, (1906) 12 Cal.App. 623, 630.

I would like you to keep that quote in mind when you listen to the evidence presented to you in this case.

The real purpose of this opening statement is to tell you what the evidence and law will show. I am going to do my best to be brief, but there is a fair amount of ground to cover.

One of the most important things that the evidence will show is that Lawrence and Ms. Schlosser had a contract that covered the authorized services that Ms. Schlosser was to perform, and specified the hourly rate for which she would be compensated.

Yesterday, Mr. Gwire showed you a 1989 letter that Lawrence wrote to Ms. Schlosser and pointed to language in that letter and said that the agreement was that Lawrence would pay Ms. Schlosser whatever she thought was fair. There’s no denying that Lawrence wrote that. Ms. Schlosser would like you to believe that was her agreement and because of it she can charge whatever she wants under the banner of “fair”. However, that letter is not the agreement.

What the evidence will show is that two years later, in 1991, Lawrence and Ms. Schlosser negotiated exactly what it was that they both thought was fair, and Lawrence wrote that down too.

Mr. Gwire tried to characterize the 1991 letter as a confirmation of what Lawrence would pay Ms. Schlosser for the work she performed in the time period before the letter. But let’s look at the letter a little bit more closely.

DEMONSTRATE:
What the letter says, and what they negotiated in 1991 was, that Lawrence would pay her, her “standard fee” of $150 per hour for her “CONTINUED CRITICAL CONSULTING WORK”. Lawrence did not write that he would pay her $150 per hour for the work Ms. Schlosser did a year prior to the letter, rather it was for the “continued” work.

What the evidence will show is that Lawrence did not ever want Ms. Schlosser to be his lead lawyer, or even to be his lawyer at all. What he wanted her to do is “consult” with the “lead” lawyers he hired her to provide them with the historical context of this case, and to help the lead lawyers locate historical documents that were related to the case. This is essentially the role of a paralegal, not a lawyer.

What the evidence will also show is that Lawrence has ALWAYS been willing to pay Ms. Schlosser for her work under the terms of this Agreement. The evidence will show that this is the only agreement they ever reached. The evidence will show that Lawrence is an honest and decent man.

What the evidence and the law will show is that there is specific law that makes it mandatory for a lawyer to put her fee agreement with her client in writing.

What the evidence will show is that Ms. Schlosser disobeyed this mandatory law. Ms. Schlosser claimed to have made various versions of a fee agreement with Lawrence, but never put a single one in writing - even though she claims to have rendered services to him for 12 years.

What the evidence will also show is that Ms. Schlosser is trying to take advantage of the fact that she did not follow this mandatory law - by trying to recover more than she agreed that she would be entitled to. It will be obvious that Ms. Schlosser thinks she made a bad deal, and is now trying to figure out how to get out from under it.
The evidence and the law that makes it mandatory for a lawyer to put the agreement is writing is designed to protect the client. The law does not make it mandatory for a client to put the agreement in writing.

What the evidence and the law will show is that a lawyer may not unilaterally raise her billing rates without the prior informed consent of the client.

What the evidence will show is that Ms. Schlosser never informed Lawrence that she was raising her billing rate to him, and that Ms. Schlosser never obtained Lawrence’s informed consent to raise her rates.

The evidence and law will show that the reason a lawyer must obtain the client’s prior informed consent before rasing her rates, is so that the client can make a choice, accept the new rate, decline the new rate, negotiate a different rate, or terminate the relationship with the lawyer.

What the evidence and law will show is that if a lawyer doesn’t put her agreement in writing, or if there is some technical defect with the agreement that makes the agreement invalid, that doesn’t mean the lawyer is out of luck. What it means is that the lawyer can still collect a “reasonable fee”.

HOWEVER, WHAT THE EVIDENCE AND THE LAW WILL SHOW IS THAT THE RATE CONTAINED IN THE AGREEMENT PLACES A CAP ON HOW MUCH THE LAWYER CAN RECOVER.

The evidence and law will show that the reason for this is so that the lawyer cannot create some contract defect, intentionally or otherwise, and then use that defect to collect more than the contract allows under the theory of a reasonable fee. This is also to prevent the lawyer from recovering an extraordinary fee based upon some theory of a contract that never existed.

What the evidence will show is that a lawyer who fails to put her agreement in writing cannot enforce the lawyer’s version of the unwritten agreement.
What the evidence will show is that Lawrence met with Ms. Schlosser in 1991, reached an agreement with her regarding fees, and that Lawrence put that agreement in writing - gave it to Ms. Schlosser at that time, and Ms. Schlosser never once claimed she had some other understanding of what her fees were until after Scientology paid the judgment in 2002.

What the evidence will show is that Ms. Schlosser acknowledged the written agreement that Lawrence handed her in 1991 several times over the years - and even acknowledged it after Scientology had paid the money in 2002.

What the evidence will show is that in the Spring of 2002, before Scientology paid, Ms. Schlosser stated to her colleague Daniel Leipold that she had a fee agreement with Lawrence. And a week later she showed this very document to Mr. Leipold, and stated that it was her agreement. The evidence will show that Mr. Leipold encouraged Ms. Schlosser to get a more formal agreement, and that Ms. Schlosser stated that she did not need to.

What the evidence will show is that Ms. Schlosser has made claims for payment for her services that do not follow the Agreement she made with Lawrence, exorbitant and outrageous claims that when you hear them will shock your conscience. The evidence will show that this is why we are here now.

I want to change gears here and look at other evidence to be presented, by talking about the history of the case.
The evidence will show that there were 5 separate lawsuits that made up the original Wollersheim saga. I suppose you might say that this is the sixth.
Let me briefly review the cases with you.

Wollersheim 1 - Wollersheim v. CSC -filed in 1980, tried in 1986, jury verdict in 1986 - the money recovered May, 2002.

Wollersheim 2 - Scientology v. Wollersheim and his attorneys and experts - filed in 198? - Scientology claimed that Lawrence and his lawyers had stolen Scientology’s “sacred” religious scripture. This was resolved in 1992 when the Federal Court of Appeals dismissed the case.

Wollersheim 3 - Scientology sued Lawrence, and the entire Los Angeles Superior Court - claiming that every judge in the county was biased against it and sought to disqualify every judge in the county - Filed in late 1985 - dismissed in the fall of 1986 after the trial in Wollersheim 1.

Wollersheim 4 - filed in 1993 - Scientology sued Lawrence and claimed that the judge who had actually tried the case in 1986 was secretly biased against it - Scientology tried to have the 1986 judgment set aside. You should note that the judge who had tried the case died before Scientology filed this case. Wollersheim IV was decided in Lawrence’s favor in 1994, and the Court of Appeal affirmed that decision in 1996. In this case the court decided under a special law that Lawrence’s lawyers could recover their legal fees from Scientology - and they did, in 1997, more than $480,000. The evidence will show that Ms. Schlosser was paid more than $80,000 for her work in this case in 1997 as her share of the court awarded attorney’s fees.

Wollersheim 5 - filed in 1995 in Denver, Colorado by Scientology against Lawrence, and a non-profit Internet based anti-cult organization called FactNet. Scientology claimed that Lawrence and FactNet were posting Scientology’s copyrighted religious material on the Internet. Scientology obtained a court order, without notice to Lawrence, broke into his house and his office - took possession of all of his computers and everything related to the FactNet website, and essentially shut the site down. The case ended in 1997 by settlement, Lawrence got his and FactNet’s computers back, and the website was back up and running - as it is today. The evidence will show that Ms. Schlosser was paid more than $5,000 for her work in this case in 1997. This was paid to her by the law firm that hired her.

What the evidence will show is that Ms. Schlosser is trying to recover fees for work she claims to have performed in Wollersheim 1, Wollersheim 4, and Wollersheim 5.
The evidence will show that Lawrence was locked in a 22 year long legal battle with his former Church.

It took more than 5 years for the case to be tried after it was first filed. Finally, after a 5 ½ month long trial, in late July, 1986, in a courtroom in this court house, two floors above us, the jury awarded Lawrence $30 million dollars, to compensate him for the abuse that he suffered as a result of Scientology’s tyranny.

In 1989, the Court of Appeal agreed that Lawrence was entitled to compensation, yet the award was reduced to $2.5 million. The the battle was not over.

The evidence will show that Lawrence won the trial in 1986 and that It took Lawrence another 16 years after the trial to collect that money - and he still hasn’t savored his victory because the litigation goes on and on and on.

The evidence will show that Lawrence finally won that battle with Scientology in May of 2002. At that time Scientology deposited nearly $8.7 million dollars with this court, and paid off the 1986 judgment of this court against it in Lawrence’s favor. The difference between the $2.5 million that the court of appeal awarded, and the $8.7 million, is because of interest that accumulated for 16 years.

The evidence will show that there were 5 separate lawsuits that made up the original Wollersheim saga. I suppose you might say that this is the sixth.

What the evidence will show is that Ms. Schlosser is trying to recover fees for work she claims to have performed in Wollersheim 1, Wollersheim 4, and Wollersheim 5.

What the evidence will show is that Lawrence did not hire Ms. Schlosser to work on Wollersheim 4 and Wollersheim 5. What the evidence will show is that Mr. Wollersheim introduced her to other lawyers in those cases and those other lawyers made their own fee arrangements.

What the evidence will show is that Ms. Schlosser has already been paid for her work in Wollersheim 4 and Wollersheim 5.

For example in Wollersheim 4, the lawyers were twice awarded their attorney’s fees for the work they performed, and that Scientology was to pay for it - not Lawrence.

However, after Scientology paid the two court approved fee awards in the Spring of 1997, approximately $480,000, the three lawyers who worked on the case, Daniel Leipold, Mark Goldowitz, and Ms. Schlosser filed a 3rd request for fees - claiming that they should be paid for the work they performed in forcing Scientology to pay.

That application was referred to a retired Judge, Judge Weil, to be a “special master”. So you know there is a treatise that almost every California lawyer relies on, its called, “Civil Procedure Before Trial”. Judge Weil was one of its authors.

Judge Weil reviewed the motion and denied the lawyer’s requests for fees. Mr. Leipold and Mr. Goldowitz threw in the towel and moved on to other things. Not Ms. Schlosser, she took it upon herself to ask the trial judge to review what Judge Weil had denid. The trial Judge, Judge Buckner, refused the request for fees as well.

Now she wants Mr. Wollersheim to pay her for the time she spent making those motions that were denied by two Judges. Let me read something that Ms. Schlosser filed with the court when she filed the 4th fee request READ!!!!!

What the evidence will show is that Ms. Schlosser wants Lawrence to pay her more than she has already been paid for Wollersheim 4 and Wollersheim 5, based upon the agreements she reached with other lawyers in those cases. You will hear from at least one of the lawyers who made the arrangements in those two cases.

The evidence will show that Ms. Schlosser wants more money from Mr. Wollersheim in those cases in addition to her work on Wollersheim 1.

I may have given you too much information already - I don’t want you to get lost in too many details right now.

I have struggled a bit about how to best give you the shortest summary of the evidence.

Here’s my best shot: This case is really a case about BETRAYAL.

To put a little more meet on that bone, what the evidence will show is that Lawrence has twice been a victim. First he was victimized by his Church, by his religion. You are supposed to be able to trust your Church, it turned out that Lawrence couldn’t do that.

The evidence will also show that the second betrayal came from another unexpected source. Lawrence was betrayed by a lawyer, Ms. Schlosser, who is now suing him. You are supposed to be able to trust your lawyer, it turned out that Lawrence couldn’t do that either.

So, what happened in 2002. In short, on the eve of a trial that could ultimately have challenged the validity of Scientology’s prized tax exempt status, rather than fight any more, Scientology deposited enough money in this court to pay off Lawrence’s judgment against it.

The evidence will show that every lawyer in this case, and there are several, were due their legal fees once Lawrence collected his money. The evidence will show, that when asked, within a week or two, all the lawyers, except one, sent Lawrence a statement of their account, sent a copy of their fee agreement, so that Lawrence could review their claims and if appropriate approve them so that they could be paid.

The lawyers moved quickly, they wanted their money, and everybody was a little concerned that Scientology had yet another trick up its sleeve, and if the money was paid, then that worry would be lessened.

The evidence will show that all the lawyers did this, with the exception of one lawyer, Ms. Schlosser. The evidence probably won’t explain this, but the evidence will show that Ms. Schlosser hesitated about sending a bill.

The evidence will show that Lawrence did not want to pay the lawyer’s claims until bills were in, so that he would know where he stood as to what he owed, and what he could keep, after Uncle Sam took his cut.

The evidence will show that when a month went by, and Ms. Schlosser still had not sent a bill, she was asked for an estimate of her bill.

Lawrence did not hire Ms. Schlosser to ever be his lead lawyer. Rather what he hired Ms. Schlosser to do was to consult with the lead lawyers he hired. Ms. Schlosser’s limited role was to provide the lawyers with the historical context of the underlying case and to assist the lead lawyers in locating documents from the underlying case.
The evidence will show that Ms. Schlosser betrayed Lawrence by ignoring the only agreement about legal fees that she ever made with him.

One of the consequences is that Ms. Schlosser has tried to recover a fee so high that it will shock your conscience.

The evidence will show that Mr. Schlosser, at one point, said that her claim for legal fees could be as much as $4 to $5 million dollars. At another point she said it could be as much as $2.5 plus million dollars. At yet another point she said that it could be as low as $600,000 to as high as $1.2 million dollars. She has made even other different claims at different times.

In fact, what the evidence will show is that trying to pin Ms. Schlosser down as to what her fee claim really is, is like trying to nail Jello to a board.

As a result, another 3 ½ years has gone by, since May, 2002, and Lawrence is still trapped in what is essentially an endless loop of lawsuits.

The evidence in this case will show that it is also about a little bit more. In a broader sense, its about justice. There are other victim’s of Scientology, Lawrence’s victory over Scientology, and his ability to recover his money from Scientology has and will open a pathway to justice for those other victim’s who have been too afraid to seek it. Lawrence was a victim of Scientology - yet the recovery of his judgment somewhat vindicated him.

However, if Lawrence is allowed to be victimized by his lawyer, then maybe, Scientology will have won. It didn’t, and Lawrence shouldn’t be victimized by his lawyer either.

Now what should Ms. Schlosser receive by way of compensation.

One thing that the evidence will show, and you will be asked to determine is whether in your view, Ms. Schlosser’s many, many violations of rules professional conduct and other laws governing a lawyer’s behavior, including her failure to put her fee agreement in writing, rise to the level where you may determine that she should recover nothing at all, or that her conduct will impact your decision as to what she should receive, if anything.

However, at best, the evidence will demonstrate that Ms. Schlosser is entitled to be paid for the work that she was AUTHORIZED to perform at the agreed upon rate, according to the AGREEMENT she made with Lawrence.

The evidence will show that Lawrence has always stood by the Agreement he made with Ms. Schlosser. The evidence will show that based upon their AGREEMENT, Ms. Schlosser is entitled to approximately $120,000 for the AUTHORIZED work at the agreed upon rate.

At the end of the day, Mr. Wollersheim will ask you to consider all of the evidence presented to you. At the end of the day Mr. Wollersheim will ask you to be fair, be reasonable, and not to reward Ms. Schlosser by paying her some amount of money based upon some agreement that never existed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

South Park TV Show recognized for Scientology episode

FACTNet Names South Park TV Show Staff Person(s) of the Year for 2005 for their Recent Scientology Episode at http://www.factnet.org/letters/FACTNewsNovember2005SouthPark.html

Friday, November 18, 2005

Wollersheim Testimony Needed

I, Lawrence Wollersheim, need the person (or persons) who has alluded through a 3rd party to their knowledge of Leta Schlosser or Frank Bonin being covert operatives for Scientology, to come forward now to testify at trial.

You can walk right into Judge Hess's Courtroom (room 324, on the 3rd floor of the LA Superior court on Hill street downtown) and it is my best belief - because of the nature of your testimony - that you will be given security protection.

No matter how much you fear Scientology, or think you can extract money in a "hush-money" settlement, it is now the time to stand up like so many other former executives and do the right thing.

This testimony is needed now since there are only a few days left before the end of this trial.

Lawrence Wollersheim
IMHO
IANAL

You have my permission to forward this request to your personal email contact lists.

Monday, November 07, 2005

What Happened in Court. Day 3 and 4

Introduction: This is the second entry in the FACTNet Director Wollersheim Collection Trial Blog. It relates to current litigation and collection efforts against the destructive mind control cult Scientology.

Because it is the first time Scientology has lost such important precedent setting litigation brought by a former member and because the verdict was so large, it is of considerable litigation and collection importance to every victim of Scientology’s human rights abuses as well as victims of other cults seeking to use the justice system to punish the abusers and obtain restitution for the harms caused to them.

Since the Wollersheim litigation defeat, Scientology has been secretly paying more out-of-court settlements in larger amounts than ever before in spite of stating in those secret settlement negotiations that the opposing side should take whatever Scientology is offering because - - - after 25 years Wollersheim still hasn’t collected and they guarantee that Wollersheim will never collect…

The Wollersheim case has had tremendous media coverage all over the world because until the crushing defeat by the Wollersheim legal team, Scientology had been known as the single most aggressive and outrageous litigation organization in the world. In fact, it is estimated that Scientology spent about 140 million dollars in litigation and covert operations costs involving just the first 5 cases that Scientology has brought against Wollersheim.

The 6th and current case in the series is a case that at first glance to the uninformed eye would appear to be a simple fee dispute between a lawyer and their client. To those familiar with the underlying 25 years of Wollersheim v. Scientology litigation, this 6th case appears once again only to be thinly veiled new strategy to keep Wollersheim from collecting all of his 8.7 million dollar judgment against them. More importantly, by stopping Wollersheim from collecting, Scientology hopes to publicly discourage its many, many other victims from all over the world from bring justified new lawsuits against it.

This trial blog is designed to help educate, heal and particularly to encourage the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have been harmed by Scientology and other similar cults to use the legal system and the Wollersheim cult and mind control litigation precedents to obtain justice and restitution. This blog is also dedicated to informing the public about Scientology and to counter the media efforts of Tom Cruise, John Travolta and other Hollywood celebrities who are promoting this extremely dangerous mind control cult and human rights abuser. This blog is being written by Lawrence Wollersheim as a director of FACTNet (Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network) because he is both one of the leading experts in the world on Scientology and he is in court each day as a defendant in the action.

If you are in Los Angeles California, you are invited to come to Judge Hess’s courtroom (on the 3rd floor of the LA Superior court on Hill street downtown) to observe what is going on for yourself. If you are new the history of the 25 year Wollersheim litigation conflict and the previous success of the collection efforts, see http://www.FACTNet.org/Healing.html#Litigation and search Scientology first at www.FACTNet.org then the internet.

What Happened in Day 3 and 4 of Wollersheim collection trial in LA on Nov 7:

Not a lot happened on day 3 other than trying to finish selecting a jury. But it was slow because we were still dealing with the delays causes by Scientology trying to tamper with the jury over the two previous days (see Blog #1 and the Jury Tampering link to your right to see the judge’s order throwing out one of Scientology’s highest ranking covert operatives and the wife of one of the main leaders of Scientology.)

On Day 4, November 7th. The judge observed the lawyer for the individual bringing the Wollersheim 6 lawsuit against Wollersheim speaking in front of a prospective juror about some media coverage on the current case by the Metropolitan News-Enterprise found at http://www.metnews.com/articles/2005/perspectives102805.htm . The judge was shocked at this and implied he was not sure that it was not an intentional effort to taint the juror. Shortly after this Wollersheim’s lawyer Craig Stein of Geflin and Stein told the judge he had not been feeling well for some time and the judge dismissed the prospective jurors early.

I am still very concerned that Scientology has placed one or two of its agents into the prospective jury pool that we are sifting though as it appeared they did in my first trial in Wollersheim 1 in 1986…

I have included part of an email sent to me recently below because it sheds some more light on Scientology’s actions in the courts.

Lawrence Wollersheim
Personally and as a Director of www.FACTNet.org
IANAL
IMHO
11/7/2005 7:15 PM

An email from former Scientologist

From: "Magoo"
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: My Actions in the Wallersheim Trial
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 23:21:41 -0800
Message-ID: <436c5d86$1@news2.lightlink.com>

I was in Scientology when someone I knew, Larry Wallersheim,sued the Church of Scientology, in the mid-80's here in LA. At the time I was seriously "In", a member, and what I now call a "True believer". I totally believed Scientology was the greatest, and anyone attacking it had to be an evil, bad person.

We were all told to go down to the courthouse, the day the trial began. Lined in the LA courthouse were hundreds of Scientologists out in the hall. I was told the only people who would be allowed into the courtroom were "OT 7's". (At the time I was an OT 3, and that is a long way from an OT 7, in their world). Mainly they wanted OT 7's in there in case anything 'confidential' came up, it wouldn't be new to them. Also, Scientologists believed these OT 7's could actually influence the courtroom, which turned out to be totally false.

Ok, so being me, I wanted to get into the courtroom, just to see first hand. I wasn't willing to stand outside in the halls, or parade outside chanting "Not one thin dime for Wall er sheim", as many did. So I asked my friend, Bill Yaude, and he said he'd help get me in the first day, which he did.

Once in, I knew my days were numbered as I wasn't an OT 7, which would soon be noticed. With that, I figured I'd better do something worthwhile, so I began to create my 'post'.
What did I do?

I basically labeled each juror, by number. Whenever a question was asked, I'd jot down who was pro and who was against, or any other thing that occurred, including what the Judge was doing or how he looked. I did this all throughout the first day, and then walked out at the end.
Immediately some people from OSA came up to me and said, "We are from "Invest" (investigations) and we need to see your notes". I said, "Sure" and handed them to these men.

The next day I was told, "We need you in there to continue doing what you're doing". Bingo...I thought. So I did just that, and it was interesting to note what went on, day to day. Some jurors were playing tick tack toe during some boring points. The Judge more than once fell asleep. It seemed like many were against Wallersheim, but that turned out to not be true. So much for the Invest actions.

I've told Larry personally that I was sorry for being against him, and he has totally understood where I was coming from. Last year he came to a party at my home, and we all enjoyed his interesting stories. Larry never was dull.

Scientology is famous for manipulating courtrooms, and I can attest that I am sorry to say I was one of their members who spent quite a bit of time trying to help them manipulate various court cases.

I was also in the Mayo RICO trial. Not that I did anything, but I was one of the 7 or 8 who were invited to be in the courtroom. That was one fascinating case...........and I still will never forget the detail Scientology had gone through to nail David Mayo. Truly, it blew my mind that they would do the things they did.

Of course Scientology claimed they 'won'. The truth, I found out many years later after I left Scientology forever, was that they paid off David Mayo, big bucks. Who knew?
I'm not sure why this came to mind, but I thought I'd mention it.Just one more piece of the Magoo Puzzle. I figure I'll never know exactly what things will help who, but the truth is better spoken than not.

-- Tory/Magoo
~Dancing in the moonlight
~In Scientology for 30 years,
out happily for 5 years!
For thinking and speaking my mind, I am:
Declared SP and Expelled from C of S (Woo hoo!)
(SP 6 ^ with Cumulative Cluster)
Free at LAST!

For more information about this, please see:
http://www.xenu.net
http://www.xenutv.com
http://www.torymagoo.org
http://www.lermanet.com/cos/toryonosa.htm
http://www.altreligionscientology.org

"Those that give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin

Click here to see this post on alt.religion.scientology

Jury Tampering

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Notes from Cult Collection Trial

Introduction: This is the first entry in my Wollersheim Collection Trial blog relating to my nearly completed collection efforts against the destructive mind control cult Scientology. This blog is dedicated to informing the world of Scientology’s real nature and to counter the efforts of Tom Cruise, John Travolta and other Hollywood celebrities who are promoting this dangerous mind control cult. It is also dedicated to help educate, heal and encourage the hundreds of thousands of people who have been harmed by Scientology and other cults all over the world to use the legal system to get justice and restitution. If you are new the history of the 25 year litigation conflict and the previous success of my collection efforts see http://www.factnet.org/Healing.html#Litigation and the link called Special Update on 8.6 Million Dollar Wollersheim Scientology Collection Success and Refund Success Tips for Ex-Scientologists…

What Happened in Day 1 and 2 of Wollersheim collection trial in LA on Nov 2-3:

As you would expect in any trial involving Scientology and myself it started off with a bang. A senior intelligence operative of Scientology’s OSA division, Ellen Marie Farny (the wife of Lynn R. Farny, one of Scientology’s highest ranking executives), was caught trying to tamper with the jury over a two day period.

After the tampering was discovered the judge had the sheriff’s deputies detain this woman on day two and issued her a court order that she be barred from the courthouse then had her photographed and escorted by several sheriffs out of the court house. The judge was then required to interview each juror and as far as we are in the process this is what various jurors have said:

Hers how it came down according to juror sworn testimony.

1.) This female OSA agent moved from prospective juror group to group in hall outside the court room.
2.) It was she that She spoke first to the Prospective Juror..
3.) She said knew me Lawrence Wollersheim for 20 years and she had an extraordinary amount of information about my litigation history.
4.) She said I had an earlier lawsuit.
5.) She said that neither party in this case should get anything. Then there was a then a discussion by 4-6 prospective jurors that they only way that could happen was a hung jury.
6.) During these jury tampering events she apparently heard one of the prospective jurors talking about an article in a current magazine and then mysteriously about an hour latter just happened to have that magazine to share with that juror.
7.) She did not identify herself when asked as anything but an observer. She said noting about her being in Scientology.

When questioned by the judge, some jurors said they felt she was trying to influence them and she was trying to get their opinions about the case.

This whole discovery of the Scientology jury tampering came about because I sat down next to this high ranking Scientology covert intelligence operative in the hall outside the courtroom to send her a clear signal I will not be intimidated by the previous death threats on me and my family ordered by and with the knowledge of the very highest officials of Scientology (her husband included). While sitting next to her to send my no fear signal, I did not realize that I should not also be sitting near prospective jurors. While sitting there as a temporary diversion from the silence and the obvious weird energy coming from the busted Scientology covert operative, I asked the person on the other side of me only about their Blackberry PDA and how they liked it.

Later when I was being legitimately and properly chastised by the judge for sitting near prospective jurors and asking anything no matter how unrelated it was to the case, one or more of the jurors started talking about some sloppy and overweight woman talking to them about the case. My inadvertent comment to the prospective juror almost as an act of Providence, unearthed Scientology’s criminal and intentional jury tampering scheme.

Later the judge told the jury that what I did was wrong and improper, but he did not tell most of the jurors that all I did was ask about a blackberry. The judge did not clearly tell the jurors that there was an obvious attempt to tamper with the jury by a high ranking intelligence operative of Scientology even after she was identified as such. He then told all of the jurors that the woman attempting the jury tampering is not associated with either party.

Many of the jury in his individual interviews stated that they have formed a negative emotional first impression of me and it will be difficult for them to overcome it. Some jurors said that:

1.) It was I that was intentionally trying to influence the jury by sitting next to and talking to the one prospective juror who unknown to me was an attorney,
2.) I was unethical,
3.) I am trying to throw the case,
4.) I have poor judgment
5.) I am dumb,
6.) My actions indicate bad character that wont change

Only one Juror seemed to understand that the Scientology Intel officer was trying to influence them and they walked away.

It is my firm belief that there currently is a serious prejudicial imbalance and bias towards me and to my case and a serious contamination of the jury by Scientology’s actions. I do not believe it is possible to get a fair trial with this biased and contaminated juror pool. We asked for a new jury pool. We asked for a mistrial. The judge denied everything.

In testimony it came out that Prospective Jurors have been talking about these events among themselves including discussing the sheriffs escorting the Scientology operative who had been talking to some of them out of the courthouse. The judge told the jury pool to stop doing this.
Today we are going to ask for the 20 plus additional prospective jurors to be individually interviewed because of further juror contamination of the alternate juror pools being discovered in testimony at the very end of the day.

We expect Scientology attorneys to appear today to create a PR cover story like “she was just an observer her first amendment rights are being violated” for the intelligence operative wife of one of Scientology’s highest executives. This would be intended to direct attention away from the attempted criminal jury tampering by Scientology.

When this operative was brought before the judge by the sheriffs she was told she did not need to say anything on the record and could get an attorney, but instead when asked by the judge if she had talked to any of the prospective jurors about anything relating to the case, she put on her most sincere face and then lied though her teeth to the judge and told him she never said anything to any of the jurors about the case. She did not know that the judge had just finished about 4 hours of under oath questioning of 14 jurors of whom about 6-7 independently and separately confirmed what she had said and done with each of them.

When this operative was escorted out of the court the attorney for the other side starts a vigorous defense of this Scientology covert operative saying that it was all an innocent mistake and she was sorry for it and it was not a big deal. His client knew she was a high ranking Scientology intel operative and fully knows the dirty tricks that they do. It would be unreasonable to believe her attorney was not advised who she was. Not only did he defend her/Scientology at this occurrence he made several other very odd defenses of the positive character of Scientology.

I do believe the judge is an honest and fair man trying to do his best. Like anyone new to the horrors of scientology and coming to grips with the fact that Scientology runs a CIA like intelligence division with a covert operations budget greater than many small countries around the world, it is going to take him a while to come up to speed and get it.

I sincerely do not believe the judge yet fully understands that Scientology is here in full covert opps force to sabotage his court, deadlock or influence the jury and stop me from collecting the last of my judgment --- all because they fear hundreds of millions of dollars in new lawsuits from Scientology victims all over the world when they hear that every thin dime of the 87 million this dimes they were ordered to pay me was paid.

Sooner or later I believe he will see enough evidence to set drastically higher security surrounding the trial and consult with those in the LA court house who did the original Wollersheim so that he is more realistically prepared for evidence tampering, threats and bribes to jurors and the one or two covert Scientology agents who already have most likely made it into his prospective jury pool to carry out the goals of Scientology in this case.

Sooner or later he will get that there is a third party active in multiple intelligence operations on this case and his court. (Scientology never does any intel operation with just one operative. They always use 3 or more. They don’t even trust the reports of their own people and use multiple report verification methods and they always have backup for the covert operative like Lynn Farney”s wife who get caught or have their cover blown.)

More in my next trial update blog when I can get it done. I will not be able to answer individual email during the trial. Any help getting this distributed around the Internet will be deeply appreciated.

Lawrence Wollersheim Personally and as a Director of http://www.factnet.org/
IANAL
IMHO

11/4/2005 8:55:06 AM

Special Update on 8.6 Million Dollar Wollersheim Scientology Collection Success and Refund Success Tips for Ex-Scientologists

I (Lawrence Wollersheim) am sorry that I have not briefed the ex-Scientologist community more frequently on the continuing success of my $8.6 million dollar collection efforts with Scientology.

As of this date, I have successfully collected almost 70 million of the 86 million “thin dimes” that David Miscavige, their leader, personally vowed and continues to vow I will never collect.

The success in collecting these 70 million dimes also should bring renewed hope to those of you victimized by Scientology may who wish to get full refunds, out of court settlement payments from Scientology and/or win litigation with them for any and all real harm that they caused you --- even if it has been many, many years since you left.

Firstly, a short update of what is currently going on in my collection case:

As most of you know almost 3 years ago the mind control cult AKA the Church of $cientology of California paid all 86 million “thin dimes” of my judgment into the LA court and quit the Wollersheim case in utter defeat. (The Wollersheim 1 case.)

This pay the money into the court strategy was designed intentionally to punish me by delaying me getting paid personally. Scientology took this action because they publicly maintained that they were afraid that my creditors would come after them and not me, if I was paid directly by them. Which is strange, since every legitimate creditor, attorney of record and legitimate lien holder that filed requests for payment with the court created not one bill problem, or bill conflict, and they were all promptly paid in full shortly after the Scientology 8.6 million in judgment money hit the court.

But, here is where it really gets interesting. I am now at trial again and being sued in Wollersheim lawsuit # 6 by one individual, (a lawyer who turned housewife, whose only designated minor role was limited to para legal type fact checking and document finding during the case for the actual trial attorneys) that claimed to the court, after the money was paid, that she could be due up to $5 million dollars for her work using pay multipliers and quantum merilit arguments, which (surprise surprise) stops me from getting the rest of the money represented by the judgment released from the court.

To put into perspective how ridiculous this 5 million dollars claim is --- it is about 10 times more than any other attorney of record was claiming for approximately the same period. (Attorneys of record are those who actually did the trial and litigation work, not the administrative fact and document checking back office work that she did.)

During the last 3 years this individual has repeatedly used a series of court actions seemingly designed only to increase my legal costs and delay release of the remaining money in the court. This individual resisted all repeated, rational and fair efforts at settlement --- including the final decision of a 3 -day arbitration by her peers at the Los Angeles County Bar Association Fee Dispute Resolution Service.

During this time she has repeatedly used the worst of Scientology litigation tactics: endless appeals, trying to remove the judge, frivolous motions, making the review of her bill statement impossible to decipher, and continually changing the billing significances and calculation methods. (Remember how Hubbard used to laugh about changing the significances of invoices and how he roared about the “unique” Hubbard org invoicing and accounting procedures that would drive the IRS batty until they simply gave up.)

The longer my collection case goes on, the more I see what an informed and reasonable person could believe to be the steaming breath and dirty fingerprints of Scientology’s desperate legal tactics in Wollersheim 6 to use up the rest of the judgment in legal costs and delay me getting it. The same tactics that got Scientology one near $500,000 SLAPP suit fine (including all extra collection fees.) Which they also had to pay. (SLAPP means Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation. These SLAPP lawsuits were designed to prevent wealthy abusers from unfairly using the courts by increasing the opponent’s litigation costs to silencing whistle blowers in the courts. ) Oops, I guess I have now really collected about 75 million thin dimes not just about 70 million mentioned above when you add in the 5 million thin dimes from this SLAPP fine.

I will get to what is new that I have learned to help you get your refunds shortly as well as financial restitution either through out of court settlement or litigation for any legitimate harms Scientology has caused you, but there are just a few more things to update you on…

At the time that the original 8.6 million dollar payment was paid into the court - other than for the victory press releases, I deliberately went inactive and did not get involved in any ongoing Scientology abuse education efforts.

I even turned down several significant cash advance book offers on my Scientology experiences and collection story. I wanted to give Scientology a chance to move on and end their relationship with me. If they had simply stopped interfering in my life and allowed me to move on, I would have done similar regarding them because I have done all the educating and justice work against Scientology that can be expected of anyone.

I also wanted time to rest from years of litigation.

I waited more than 3 years. However now because of their actions in the new Wollersheim 6 case, I am certain that Scientology cannot let go of seeking revenge for their stinging defeat in the Wollersheim 1 case because so many new Scientology victims are using my court victory and collection to get larger and larger out of court settlement financial restitution from Scientology and because more of Scientology’s victims have learned that one of Scientology’s greatest fears is going back to more trial losses like Wollersheim 1.

Because of the above I therefore decided it is time to come out of my rest/retirement stronger than ever. Accordingly, I will likely be filing a new lawsuit(s) during or just after I get the balance of the 18 million additional dimes out or, when the current Wollersheim 6 case moves into the appellate levels. It might even be another SLAPP suit as they are getting very, very sloppy in the pattern and content of their motions. (At least one of their agents is highly likely to roll over on them when Scientology has to leave them hanging and abandon them eventually for their own protection and plausible deniability as they always do when an expendable operative has served their purpose. Also, in Scientology everyone under Miscavige is expendable including investigators, attorneys staff, etc. (As a sidebar: Scientology has a horrible history in litigation against me. In part because someone on their team sooner or later always gets a guilty conscience or defects and who will have some covert opps information to assist my case. This is to say nothing of former and current staff at the law firms that are carrying out Scientology’s current litigation against me who also either finally get personal conscience or want to punish their former employers for some other reason. Already several of their witnesses and covert operatives have come to me to personally apologize and tell me what they did and who was involved. Providence ad grace seems to always provide just what is needed just when they least expect it. )

My collection success against them is perfectly hilarious! Scientology still can’t admit that with a total 75 million thin dimes 7.5 million already paid to me, and the barn door wide open with a whole herd of money-horses long gone and, only a tiny pony left --- that they have overwhelmingly lost the collection battle too. And now, even that little pony is darn close to walking right out of the gate! (In this update I almost had the opportunity to tell you that I had collected the remaining 18 million dimes and they were actually in my account. But, it does look favorable that in a reasonable period of time I will be making that wonderful additional minor collection announcement as well.)

Now for a little bit about my personal quality of life since winning the judgment and enforcing my collection of 75 million dimes so far:

I am currently doing social advocacy and ministerial work full time as well as expanding my spiritual life. (If your curious, go to IntegrativeSpirituality.org to see the type of healthy religious organization I am a minister in. While you are there, be sure to check the spiritual and cult safeguards section of this website at by clicking here. )

I am blessed with good health, great friends and relationships, great work opportunities and challenges and a great environment. People who have visited me since collecting the judgment also have fun with a more relaxed and easy going me.

I work a normal 40 plus work week to earn an average salary just like most of you. And, I will be doing this for as long as I can envision because I love the social/spiritual work I do, I do not want to retire and, working helps me meet the normal financial obligations of life and saving for the future. Even though I have received 75 million dimes so far, I still cannot live a life of idle luxury nor do whatever I want personally or financially for the rest of my life --- nor does that even sound to me to be a wise use of a life. A lot of the 75 million dimes when to tax issues and paying the great attorneys who helped break the legal trail of litigation victory and collection success against Scientology.

I never began or directed my court case against Scientology to retire or solely towards the objective to get lots of restitution money as my objective. What I wanted to do in my lawsuit against Scientology was:

  1. legally and publicly punish them for what they did to me and my family,

  2. publicly educate others about the harms they cause to their members by way of the testimony in court and the media coverage of the trial,

  3. have the case precedents and the monetary judgment that I could achieve be a severe enough (and hopefully continual) punishment and deterrent in Scientology’s mind so that they are severely motivated to change the behaviors that caused the harm to me and my family so that it won’t happen to other individuals and families,

  4. break a litigation precedent trail to show others exactly how Scientology’s harassment and outrageous litigation strategies can be defeated and in fact used against them and, that they really are big losers in the court room and should never be feared in the court room or in litigation. And yes, the litigation trail is much easier faster and more certain because of the horrendous legal beating Scientology took in the Wollersheim case --- a legal beating they now have to avoid repeating at all costs. I estimate that over the 25 years of Wollersheim litigation Scientology spent and wasted 140 million dollars to unsuccessfully try to defeat us both in the court room and in covert operations. And,

  5. Assist others to be able to get their lives back together after the Scientology nightmare. Specifically, be able to learn how to heal the psychological and spiritual damage as well as become financially whole again through, refund repayments, out of court settlements and far easier to obtain legal judgments against Scientology.

  6. Find personal healing and justice against them and if everything else came first get just financial restitution for the harms they had caused to my life.

I believed I have achieved 4 of the 5 points above but I need you help with one of them. I did force Scientology to spend an estimated 140 million dollars in and out of court to try to defeat a case that they wound up paying about 70 million dimes on anyway. Add to that an even more insulting 5 million more dimes in a SLAPP fine against them. (The court saw though their harassment and outrageous litigation strategies and wanted to publicly punish them with the largest SLAPP fine in California history.) The one thing I did not achieve fully was to convince Scientology to stop the destructive mind control and other abusive behaviors that harmed me and my family. That is those techniques that gives them the undue influence to strip their targets of all of their cash.

This is where you come in as a former Scientology member who has been legitimately harmed by them. Scientology simply will never change their destructive behavior until the rest of their victims rise up and take all of the profit away from their wrongdoing either through getting their full refunds back, increasing out of court settlements and/or through lawsuit judgments with enforced collections to make up the damage for their lost lives and suffering.

I gladly paid the very high litigation costs on 25 years of litigation with Scientology to break the litigation and collection legal precedents trail for future victims. I have made no secret that most of what I have received to break the trail for every other ex-scientologist for court recovery so far has gone to attorneys and taxes. I still don’t know what I will end up with when I defeat their tactics in the new Wollersheim 6 trial that holds a small portion of the original judgment, other than to know that whatever remains will be humble and I shouldn’t under any circumstances give up my day job.

But, I would do it all again even knowing how difficult it would be and there will be only a smaller financial reward left after all tax, legal costs, personal litigation loans and other obligations have been met from the 25 year battle --- and most importantly because Scientology’s false litigation unbeatable legend has been resoundingly shattered to smithereens!

Even now Scientology still incessantly bluffs and blusters to hide their horrendous Wollersheim legal precedent rich defeat. They will do anything they can to hide the trail-breaking Wollersheim case precedents from you because it makes it far, far easier for you to win and collect and beat them down legally as my team did in the Wollersheim 1 case. They do not want you to know that they know and have secretly decided that no other victim will ever have to go though what I did over 25 years in and out of the courts nor its costs because they absolutely know that they cannot ever take that kind of humiliating, legend destroying, costly, legal, financial and public relations defeat ever again!

They know they and their actions will ALWAYS appear monstrous in front of juries of normal people. They know their perjury committing and cult doctrine delusional executives on the witness stand are just not credible and far more damaging to their own case than any evidence they are trying to dispute from the other side.

Today’s Scientology victims can stand on the shoulders of the hard won Wollersheim court precedents and easily accessible court records and can and do beat the living crap out of Scientology legally in far less time with far less cost and effort and, with the reasonable expectation of even larger court judgments than I received. But Scientology won’t let these kind of cases come though court anymore. Their cult dumb, but they are not insane and they love their money to much to expose their cash to the far greater payouts in jury losses.

Because of my judgment, other victim court judgments against Scientology from around the world plus Scientology’s new eagerness to settle real and damaging potential new court cases before they go to court, I can finally see that eventually Scientology will have to change its harmful behavior because --- each new victim that stands up to Scientology takes a bit more of the financial profit out of their wrong doing. Sooner or later Miscavige will have to change their policies because they love their money more than any ideological or faux spiritual principles.

I have no illusions nor should you. Scientology is mostly immune to bad press. Bad Press alone will not change their behavior as evidenced by the last 30 years of PR so bad they are the great pariah of organizations that claim to be religions if you even think they are a religion. It is only when all of us take all of the profit out of Scientology’s harmful human rights abuses they will finally and fully stop doing them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is that simple, but it seems to take EX members years if ever to reach this simple conclusion and that they are the only ones that can make it happen.

So once again, The Wollersheim case has been a trail breaking part of the process to FORCE Scientology through huge monetary penalties toward eventually changing its anti social and destructive behavior. It was worth all that I spent and suffered in winning and collecting the Wollersheim judgment, but this legal foundation and tremendous legal defeat of Scientology needs you and every former victim of Scientology to act now to complete the simple process of taking all profit out of their wrongdoing …and change the organization that has previously refused to change…From this day forward I ask you help in getting this information to every single new person who leaves Scientology and to every person who has left Scientology since it was created--- Which is almost everyone they ever recruited but somehow they shuddered into silence.

On another note about my life since my judgment, I have decided to release a book on my Scientology experience. The purpose of the book is to help individuals who have been victimized everywhere and in any way, find healing, transformation and the power within themselves to successfully use education, social advocacy and the power of the law to stop the victimizer from victimizing others.

I have chosen the route of a humble advance book payment and a guaranteed national publicity tour. I am so far along in the writing process that any of the multiple drafts that I keep in safe places could be edited by any good editor and the final edition released to the public without any additional input from me…

Most tragically my son died recently and it was a powerful life changing loss for me. At the time of his death I re-realized how important the cult child abuse and mind control education work is that I do as a director ofwww.FACTNet.org. This was re-realized because of remembering how he had suffered from what Scientology did to him, his mom and dad and our family.

I think it would be very reasonable to expect that my several years of rest and successful collection efforts have well prepared me to be much more effective in that role too. But you will be the judge of that over the next few years.

I am expecting that Scientology will soon begin another round of public character assignation against me via the courtroom in the existing action to again try sooth the biting pain of the crushing Wollersheim collection success. Their covert operations against me have never stopped, but all of this becomes just more content for my anticipated future litigation them..

I do not fear Scientology. This is because fear is everything that they are about and it is what they want you to feel towards them to make themselves feel falsely powerful. They are not powerful in the real and deepest meanings of that word.

I have got more from the process of enforcing justice on Scientology and defeating them over the last 25 years than I could have ever gotten from just a large money payment like the 8 million they offered me in an out of court settlement.

I will continue to do just fine in all the real and most important inner things of life even if I never do collect another thin dime. But, I do suspect that I will collect the remaining small fraction of the judgment just have I have sworn to collect and HAVE collected all the rest…

Now, more news that may mean many of you will soon get full refunds and/or settlement payments from Scientology for any legitimate harms Scientology caused you even if it has been years since you left:

  1. Scientology is paying more out of court settlements than ever before. I estimate from all the sources who have confided in me over the last 25 years they have paid out well over 150 million dollars (or 1,500 million thin dimes in Miscavige vow terminology) in out of court settlements.

  2. Things really have drastically changed since the Wollersheim legal victory and my enforced successful collection. The difficult first case against Scientology litigation TACTICS has been broken. There is a successful litigation path and the path is now wide open. The first victim of theirs has won in the courts and already has a huge collection.

  3. They now know that they have to pay new refunds requests fast or end up in even worse litigation, but few ex-members persist and demand their refunds optimally as described below. (They are stopped by intentionally implanted Scientology induced phobias that tell you in one way or another that if you attack or sue Scientology you will get sick, want to kill yourself or fall apart. (Hubbard did this phobia implanting intentionally so he intimidate both staff and members and then could run away with your cash after harming you. This is because he believed that you would be too mentally debilitated and disempowered by the fear phobias to fight back and get justice. Sick, slick trick! These implanted Scientology phobias are just mental garbage and are easily realized as a mean and twisted strategy to ruthlessly disempower and silence you…)

  4. Here is more good news! Even though Scientology still tries to twist and deny my successful collection with those who were not aware of how severely they have been beaten down by it and the Wollersheim litigation precedents, in their current settlement negations, they are deathly afraid of going back into court on legitimate abuse cases that will only add to their litigation costs and payouts, their bad Tom Cruise, John Travolta and other celebrity PR and, their promotion problems.

    In other words, they will pay in spite of their current #1 favorite and false settlement negotiations intimidation tactic and claim that, “they know and guarantee that Wollersheim will never get anything after his years of litigation and collection efforts so you better take this amount we are offering you.”

    Those that know the truth regarding the absurdity of this issue and have good attorneys - such as Dan Leipold and Ford Greene of California - are getting high dollar out of court settlements. Those that don’t ---get lesser or no settlements. It is not the old days anymore!

  5. Scientology’s threats of making any collection impossible even if you do win in court are also just as hollow. This is due to methodical and persistent collection attorneys such as Craig Stein, who is hot on the trail of the small remainder of the rest of my thin dimes.

  6. There is even more good news for you getting your just financial restitution even if it has been years since you have been in Scientology --- the fraud exemption!

Depending upon what state you are in, you have 3 to 5 years to bring your suit from the point you actually discover that a fraud has been perpetrated on you. (Consult your local state laws.)

For those of you seeking refunds for all your service payments that you were defrauded on, I suggest you keep it simple. You have a policy refund right to get every thin dime of what you paid to Scientology no MATTER HOW MANY YEARS AGO IT WAS.

Here is the exact refund success process I recommend:

  1. Send a SIMPLE several paragraph written demand to your local Scientology center(s) the one or ones where you received your services. Demand that all your service payments are refunded back to you within 30 days. State in the demand that they are required to honor the refund policy and that David Miscavige - as head of Scientology - will be held personally, legally responsible for it if you do not get your payment in 30 days. Tell them after 30 days if you do not get your payment you are going to sue David Miscavige personally and Scientology and, you are giving a copy of this demand letter to the IRS enforcement division because Scientology and David Miscavige are not following the procedures and policies they claimed to use in their applications for 501c3 religious non profit status.

  2. If you do not get paid in 30 days, immediately file a copy of your demand letter to the Enforcement division of the IRS with a cover letter stating David Miscavige as head of Scientology (and the highest ranking person who was responsible for Scientology’s 501c3 non profit status application) is violating the statements and terms of Scientology’s IRS application in which they were granted a religious non profit tax exemption.

  3. Next, and ideally, find a Scientology battle-hardened lawyer who knows Scientology’s bluffing and negotiation tactics and file your refund and other claims suit through them. If your attorney agrees it is appropriate, be sure to name David Miscavige personally in any suit as he is head of all operations and is personally and corporately responsible for the actions of all of the Scientology corporations he has de facto absolute control over. Do not falter, hesitate or delay. Do not re-ask Scientology to pay you. If you do not file suit as you say, when you say, Scientology will not treat your demand as credible and will look at you as weak. And, if David Miscavige’s name is on it, they will take you seriously! --- Because they are forced by their own internal policy to take the suit seriously and it is OSA policy to protect Miscavige like he was Hubbard.

  4. Next, start calling all the local media you can and tell them your human rights abuse story. Be sure to Use David Miscavige’s name as the individual most personally responsible for enforcing the policies of Scientology and this injustice. Where ever you can, mention Tom Cruise John Travolta and any other Scientology Celebrities who are promoting Scientology and causing more people to be harmed as you were. (You might even want to name them in your suit as well, if your attorney agrees it is appropriate.) Also ask the local media to go with you to the Scientology center if they have a fraud exposing unit. Keep on getting Scientology more media coverage on the harm and injustice they have done to you always mentioning the names above. (Remember you first asked them nicely to follow their own refund policy and they refused! You now have the right and moral and ethical obligation to enforce justice in the manner above through the law to take all the profit out of their wrongdoing. Also, keep in mind that they are fanatics. Anything less that your total commitment and total persistence to executing the exact success process above will not even get their attention much less your refund!

  5. Make sure every new ex scientologist gets this email and make sure every old ex-scientologist hears about it too. That is the absolute least you can do to do your fair part to help take the profit out of Scientology’s wrongdoing.

I want to add that legitimately suing for justice when needed is also a great healing process. I can whole heartedly confirm that from my own healing experience.

Ex-Scientologists who were deceived and victimized who just go off and let Scientology get away it by not educating, getting their money back and/or even better filing suit, in my experience, just do not heal as fast and often not ever fully. Worse yet they allow the Scientology’s horrendous abuse of its members to continue by not doing their just part to punish it and take the financial profit out of it….

If you are ever in a settlement negotiation with Scientology and they try to intimidate you with intentional delays or their Wollersheim victory fantasies, look them square in the eye and tell them I say hi and that you got my 75 million dimes collection update email.

Finally, and it bears repeating, the rewards that I have received - on every level of my life - have been more than worth everything that I have gone through over the 25 years in winning the court case and collecting.

I and the Wollersheim 1 team have done our parts in breaking the legal trail and successfully collecting 75 million dimes and demolishing the false self created and self serving legend that Scientology is undefeatable. And so I personally ask you to please immediately begin actively forward this collection success and refund tips update to everyone in your ex-Scientology member networks. Make sure each new ex-scientologists you hear of gets one too. They truly deserve to know about the new refund recovery and settlement options too… and, Scientology deserves to actively and legally have every thin dime of profit removed from them that was based on the harm and abuse of their members and staff!

Wishing you healing, restitution and even better financial recovery and restitution success than I had using the full power of the law. It is just waiting for you to ask for it……

Lawrence Wollersheim
IANAL
IMHO
11/2/2005
PS For more information on healing on every level from the Scientology’s abuse please see http://www.factnet.org/Healing.html