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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.
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October 27, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court on Thursday rejected challenges to a ruling that dramatically reduced a jury award of $30 million against the Church of Scientology for coercive practices that drove a former member to the edge of insanity and bankruptcy. The high court let stand a decision by the state Court of Appeal last July in the widely watched, nine-year legal battle between the Hollywood-based church and ex-Scientologist Larry Wollersheim.
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October 27, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court on Thursday rejected challenges to a ruling that dramatically reduced a jury award of $30 million against the Church of Scientology for coercive practices that drove a former member to the edge of insanity and bankruptcy. The high court let stand a decision by the state Court of Appeal last July in the widely watched, nine-year legal battle between the Hollywood-based church and ex-Scientologist Larry Wollersheim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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April 21, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE and JOEL SAPPELL, Times Staff Writers
The Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed pleas by the Church of Scientology of California for relief from having to post a bond of up to $60 million to guard its assets against seizure while it appeals a huge Los Angeles jury award. Scientology lawyers have argued that payment of the bond would plunge the church into bankruptcy. But the state court judge who presided over the jury trial contends that the controversial organization's claims of poverty are untrue.
NEWS
August 20, 1986
Hundreds of Scientologists boarded buses in Hollywood and headed for Sacramento to lobby for legislation that would preclude the paying of punitive damages by churches. The four-day caravan was prompted by a $30-million Los Angeles Superior Court jury award to former Scientologist Larry Wollersheim, who claimed that the church ruined his business and nearly drove him insane when he resisted its teachings. All but $5 million of the award was for punitive damages.
NEWS
July 2, 1985
The Church of Scientology filed a petition with the California Supreme Court seeking to halt a $25-million damage suit against the church by a former member. About 800 church supporters rallied outside the state court building in downtown San Francisco after marching nine miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. Rev.
NEWS
November 6, 1985
A Los Angeles federal judge barred further public disclosures of sacred scriptures that the Church of Scientology claims were stolen two years ago from a Denmark church. Ruling in a suit filed by the church against former member Larry Wollersheim and a rival church in Santa Barbara, U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer ordered the material sealed until a hearing Friday.
NEWS
November 3, 1986 | Associated Press
The Supreme Court today spared the Church of Scientology from posting a $60-million surety bond while appealing a lawsuit lost to a former member who says the church ruined him financially and emotionally. The court granted an emergency request by church officials to suspend the payment pending further appeals.
NEWS
November 11, 1985
U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer has refused to block the use of "sacred scriptures" the Church of Scientology alleges were stolen from a Denmark church by former members two years ago. Pfaelzer, who had issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, said Friday that although she believes that the documents were stolen, church attorneys failed to properly trace their trail from Denmark to the United States.
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April 21, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE and JOEL SAPPELL, Times Staff Writers
The Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed pleas by the Church of Scientology of California for relief from having to post a bond of up to $60 million to guard its assets against seizure while it appeals a huge Los Angeles jury award. Scientology lawyers have argued that payment of the bond would plunge the church into bankruptcy. But the state court judge who presided over the jury trial contends that the controversial organization's claims of poverty are untrue.
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