Filed 8/13/14: Brown v. Narconon (re Scientology rehab)


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Filed 8/13/14: Brown v. Narconon (re Scientology rehab).

Tony Ortega: Ryan Hamilton files 19th lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network

This new suit is the result of a very recent incident. On March 6, 2014, Sherri Brown was looking online for a rehab center for her daughter. She called a number at a referral agency which claimed to be independent. The person who answered, “Jake,” said the Fresh Start program had a 76 percent success rate. Sherri was put in touch with Tonya Lawson at Fresh Start, and she was told the cost would be $33,000. When Sherri said he didn’t have that kind of money, she was told Emily could get a “scholarship” for $23,000.

“Tonya told Sherri that Emily needed this program and if she didn’t pay for this program, she would be paying for her daughter’s coffin,” the complaint says.

Three times, Sherri asked if Fresh Start “had anything to do with religion.” Sherri was assured the program was secular, that it featured licensed medical professionals, and that her daughter would received drug counseling.

She was told a sauna program at Fresh Start was scientifically proven to end Emily’s drug cravings. And again she was told the program had a 76-percent success rate.

Sherri came up with $10,000 for Emily to start the program.

As we’ve seen so many times before, after Sherri signed the contract, her daughter then learned that there were no doctors at the facility, and she received no drug counseling, but instead began Scientology training.

The complaint also refers to evidence that Hamilton has provided in his other cases: Narconon’s own expert in a Georgia lawsuit admitted that there was no science behind the sauna program, and the advertised success rate was something he’d seen no evidence for.

Hamilton also, we think for the first time, made use of a document that we saw in the NAFC lawsuit in Oklahoma. It’s a document that lays out Scientology’s “Social Coordination Strategy,” which included Narconon, and made it clear that such programs are meant to advance Hubbard’s aims for Scientology. “You are there to sell LRH’s tech to the society and get it used, as the tech. You do this through a smooth job of promotional organization — front groups, corporations, field workers, etc,” the document says.
Here’s the complaint…

Rene Descartes

Gold Meritorious Patron
Something so stupid and contradictory

1. Narconon is not related to Scientology

2. CoS does not sue Narconon for using Scientology. They don't even send the Squirrel Busters in with cameras on their heads to dance in front of their doors.