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March 13, 1985

The Church of Scientology of California filed a $1-million civil suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against a former aide of church founder L. Ron Hubbard, charging her with breach of a confidential relationship and asking the court to permanently enjoin her from future disclosures of privileged information. Laurel Sullivan, the defendant in the suit, gave testimony damaging to the church last May as a witness in the church's case against its former archivist, Gerald Armstrong. The suit alleges that she breached her duty by disclosing to unauthorized people--including government agents, the FBI and news reporters--privileged attorney-client information she had obtained when she was in charge of Mission, Corporate Category Sort-Out, a legal church project.

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