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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, 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.
March 31, 1994
A judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit filed by the Hollywood-based Church of Scientology in hopes of getting a reversal of a $2.5-million emotional distress award that a former member won eight years ago. The complaint, filed on Feb. 16, 1993, had been on hold pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Larry D. Wollersheim's verdict.
August 20, 1992
A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to pay the Church of Scientology $16,881 for legal fees it incurred during a two-year battle over records requested under the Freedom of Information Act. In 1989, the Scientologists filed a request for any government files indicating that the church had been designated a "tax protester." The IRS refused to turn over that information, and the Scientologists filed suit to force its release.
October 18, 1988
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a government appeal in a Los Angeles case involving the Church of Scientology in order to decide how far the Internal Revenue Service can go in obtaining and using confidential documents in tax-fraud inquiries. The government launched an investigation in 1984 of the tax returns of L. Ron Hubbard, the church's founder who died Jan. 24, 1986.
July 29, 1997 | From Associated Press
A French appeals court reduced the sentence Monday for a Church of Scientology leader convicted of involuntary homicide in the suicide of a member. The case centered on the March 1988 suicide of Patrice Vic, 31, who jumped out a window. Prosecutors said Vic was under pressure from the church to take a $5,000 "purification treatment," including daily saunas and a diet low in sugar and high in vitamins.
February 20, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
Church of Scientology leaders said Tuesday that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright--who had termed German members' claims that they suffer from Nazi-style persecution "distasteful"--was not aware of the extent of discrimination church members face. "Our children are thrown out of kindergarten, and we can't hold civil service jobs," the group's president, the Rev. Heber C. Jentzsch, said in a prepared statement. " . . .
March 26, 2003 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
Investors defrauded of $255 million by EarthLink Inc. co-founder Reed Slatkin are hoping to recover funds from the Church of Scientology International and six affiliated organizations that allegedly wound up with tens of millions of dollars from the investment scam, their attorneys said Tuesday.
June 17, 2000 | Larry B. Stammer
Florida prosecutors have dropped felony charges against the Church of Scientology in connection with the widely publicized death of a church member in Clearwater, Fla. State prosecutor Bernie McCabe said his office could not prove its case in the 1995 death of church member Lisa McPherson, 36. In 1998, McCabe charged the church in Clearwater with abuse or neglect of a disabled adult and unauthorized practice of medicine, both felonies.
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