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July 20, 1989 | JOEL SAPPELL, Times Staff Writer
The state Court of Appeal has slashed a jury's award of $30 million to a disaffected member of the Church of Scientology, who contended that the Hollywood-based organization drove him to the brink of insolvency and insanity. In an opinion released this week, the appellate court reduced to $2.5 million the huge award, which was rendered in 1986 after a bitterly fought trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.
To create a favorable environment for Scientology's expansion, church executives are working to win allies among society's power brokers and opinion leaders. It is a theme expounded in church publications. "We need to be able to approach the right people in order to get things done," wrote Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, in the newspaper Scientology Today.
November 11, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, rejecting an appeal filed by the Church of Scientology of California to obtain government tax records, ruled Tuesday that the public has no right to get information kept by the Internal Revenue Service. The tax agency "has no duty under the Freedom of Information Act" to disclose internal records, even if names and other confidential information could be easily deleted, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said.
January 5, 2003 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
That a local Church of Scientology center once shared a name with the Elysian paradise of Greek myth sounds like a plot detail worthy of Evelyn Waugh. But as with much Hollywood lore, the true odyssey of the elegant old Chateau Elysee building is as weird as the mythology.
The Supreme Court Monday gave attorneys for the Hare Krishnas and the Church of Scientology another chance--although a slim one--to persuade a California court that it should throw out multimillion-dollar verdicts won in lawsuits filed by former devotees. Two weeks ago, the high court said juries may impose huge punitive damage verdicts so long as a state judge makes sure that the damage awards are in line with the gravity of the offenses.
December 12, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The president of the Church of Scientology and 10 other members arrested in an investigation of alleged fraud and tax evasion have been released on more than $1 million bail, their lawyer said Sunday. A judge's order releasing church President Heber Jentzsch, an American, and the others came Saturday after facts were presented that "corrected" some allegations against the group, said the lawyer, Jose Luis Chamorro. Jentzsch, 53, a native of Salt Lake City, lives in Los Angeles.
March 28, 2006 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Could a CBS fall pilot be the next flashpoint in Hollywood's growing conflict with Scientology? With Comedy Central's "South Park" in a fracas involving celebrity Scientologists Tom Cruise and Isaac Hayes, CBS is scheduled to wrap shooting late this week on "Orpheus," a drama by writer and executive producer Nicholas Meyer ("Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan") about an organization that bears a striking resemblance to L. Ron Hubbard's Church of Scientology.
May 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Church of Scientology has settled a lawsuit that accused staff members of allowing a member of the church to become severely dehydrated and die. Lisa McPherson, 36, died in 1995 after 17 days of care by Scientology staffers. The lawsuit, filed by her family, spawned a number of related legal actions as McPherson's death became a rallying point for an anti-Scientology movement. "There is a settlement. The terms are confidential," Church of Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw said Saturday.
July 3, 1987 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court has ruled that donations made by Church of Scientology members as part of their religious practices may be claimed as a federal income tax deduction. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that set fees paid by Scientologists during their church's individualized religious practices are deductible charitable contributions. The ruling is contrary to one reached recently by the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, which decided the payments are not deductible.
July 3, 1999 | Religion News Service
France's top court has upheld a lower court ruling that said Scientologists are free to proselytize and practice their religion. However, the Court of Cassation emphasized that it was not recognizing Scientology as a religion. The high court's ruling came in connection with a 1997 appeals court decision that found that nine Scientologists in the city of Lyon had been convicted of corruption and theft without sufficient evidence.
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