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« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2014, 05:42:05 AM »

                                        Video released in Scientology harassment case.

                                         news4 San Antonio

http://www.news4sanantonio.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/new-video-claims-scientology-harassment-8498.shtml
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« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2014, 05:37:02 AM »

                                WATCH: The 10-minute video of Scientology stalking Monique Rathbun in 2010

Posted 19 Feb 2014

http://tonyortega.org/2014/02/19/watch-the-10-minute-video-of-scientology-stalking-monique-rathbun-in-2010/


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« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2014, 04:22:32 PM »

                                        Scientology appeals Comal court order : FEBRUARY 20, 2014

                                                             MY San Antonio

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Scientology-appeals-Comal-court-order-5253380.php
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« Reply #33 on: March 18, 2014, 12:38:44 PM »

          Huge Setback For Church Of Scientology: Harassment Lawsuit Brought By Wife Of Tom Cruise’s Former Auditor Allowed To Proceed

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

The Church of Scientology has suffered a huge legal setback, after a Texas judge ruled a harassment lawsuit against the organization brought by the wife of Tom Cruise‘s former auditor could proceed, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Last August, Monique Rathbun, wife of ex-high ranking Scientologist Mark “Marty” Rathbun, filed a harassment lawsuit against Scientology, alleging that she had been harassed, was followed to work and had private investigators her family and friends.

Monique  was never a member of the Church and since leaving Scientology several years ago, her husband has been an outspoken critic of the religion.

Judge Dip Waldrip denied the Church of Scientology’s ANTI-SLAAP motion, which would have resulted in the lawsuit ultimately dismissed.

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The church argued that the lawsuit was infringing on their First Amendment right to free speech, but in a lengthy 25-page decision, the judge disagreed.

According to the decision, obtained by Radar: “The primary reason Church of Scientology International initiated the complained-of activity was to investigate alleged infringement of it’s intellectual property rights by both Mark and Monique Rathbun allegedly occurring as early as January 29, 2009, if not before.

“No evidence indicates that either Defendants CSI or the Religious Technology Center has ever sent Mark Rathbun a cease and desist letter or sued Mark or Monique Rathbun for infringement of infringement of intellectual property rights or any other cause of action.”

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Furthermore, Monique was able to provide a legal foundation “sufficiently established by a preponderance of the evidence that she suffered stress, anxiety and fear that have resulted in severe headaches, including migraines with debilitating pain due to surveillance of investigators and Squirrel Busters – she further attested that as a result of these activities she suffered an extreme gagging nausea, and Plaintiff averred she developed a hyper-sensitivity to light and was unable to eat or concentrate due to headaches.”

Interestingly, Monique met Marty in 2005 — after he’d already left Scientology — and the two began a new life together in Texas; still, she claims in the court documents that she was “intentionally targeted by OSA [Office of Special Affairs] merely because of her relationship with Mr. Rathbun.”

“She has been subjected to numerous, aggressive attempts to intimidate her … she has been targeted at home, at work, and anywhere else that she happens to be,” she said in her suit lawsuit. “She has been harassed, insulted, surveilled, photographed, videotaped, defamed, and humiliated to such a degree as to shock the conscience of any decent, law-abiding person.”

Listed in her complaint of harassments are incidents she claims occurred specifically because she’s a woman.

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“Presumably because I am a woman, the Defendants seem obsessed with my sexuality. They sent a sex toy to me at my workplace, which was very embarrassing. With their constant surveillance of me, they knew when I was away from the office, at which time they sent flowers to one of my female co-workers with a ‘romantic’ message purporting to be from me. Of course this was distressing to me,” she said in court docs. “Scientology websites have published bizarre and sometimes vile allegations against me, including false claims that I am a sexual pervert.

“They have even alleged that I am not even a woman, but a man who has had a secret sex-change operation. So, I have even had my womanhood questioned as part of this sick campaign to inflict maximum emotional distress on me.”

Monique’s attorney, Ray Jeffrey, told The Underground Bunker that if the church would have just left his client and her husband alone, the lawsuit would have never came to fruition.

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“They loved that house down there, but they had to leave,” he said, referring to the move they made from Ingleside On The Bay in Texas to Comal County.

“And if the church had left them alone Monique wouldn’t have sued.”

But despite the move, Monique claims Scientology found them and set up camp next door. Jeffrey said an undeveloped piece of land adjacent to the Rathbun’s was suddenly inhabited by a man who lived in an RV and claimed he was an author and writer.

“It was overgrown. It had no water, no electricity,” the lawyer said. “The guy said he was bringing in an RV. But it’s completely remote, not in a subdivision, there was no street address. It wasn’t for sale and it wasn’t for rent.

“The only way they got that property was by looking at a map to find out what was next to Marty’s house. Some publishing company is not finding a property like that in Texas for one of its writers.”

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In closing, the judge failed to rule that the church’s motions were “frivolous, but the Court does conclude that the method in which the motions were litigated, from the discovery to the objections, etc., resulted in hours upon hours of courtroom time that could have been better spent elsewhere.”

The church was also ordered to pay Monique’s legal fees for defending the ANTI-SLAAP motion.

Requests for comment from the church weren’t immediately returned at time of publication.

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/03/church-scientology-former-auditor-harassment-monique-marty-mark-tom-cruise-lawsuit-rathbun/RK=0/RS=oYpdpdLW7.bzWjW4HbCy5b5UhhY-/
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« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2014, 06:54:16 AM »

                                       Re: Mosey sues cult for harrassment - Informal Status Recap -- Feb 28, 2014

The recap below was posted on another thread yesterday but might be helpful/useful here, too.

Three excellent articles here by JBWriter.

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?32857-Mosey-sues-cult-for-harrassment/page136
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« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2014, 03:16:47 PM »

                                          Scientology David Miscavige facing biggest challenge ever


http://www.examiner.com/article/scientology-david-miscavige-facing-biggest-challenge-ever
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« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2014, 07:59:05 AM »

                                  Caught Red Handed: Private Eye Confesses He Was Paid By The Church Of Scientology To Conduct Surveillance On Tom Cruise’s Former Auditor & His wife.

                                                                  Radar online

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/03/scientology-marty-rathbun-monique-rathbun-lawsuit-church-hired-private-investigator/

                                                                    Design and trend

http://www.designntrend.com/articles/12070/20140325/tom-cruises-former-scientology-auditing-counselor-files-harassment-lawsuit-against-church.htm
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« Reply #37 on: May 26, 2014, 07:17:53 AM »

                           25 May 2014


 UPDATE: In order to tamp down some misunderstanding going on over at WWP, we’ll place this here and hope it clears up some misconceptions…

Marty and Monique Rathbun endured the Squirrel Busters at their home in Ingleside on the Bay in South Texas, and then learned that a nearby house had been rented by Scientology so that remote-controlled cameras could be aimed at their living room. Although they were fed up with the surveillance, moving away from the house was extremely difficult for them: They were in a rent-to-own deal, and had amassed about $30,000 in equity. They walked away from that, feeling that they could no longer live in such an exposed location.

They then moved to Bulverde, Texas, to a rental property with much more privacy. Although they detected some Scientology private investigator activity, they enjoyed a much better quality of life, and may have been able to ignore the church’s hamfisted attempts to keep them under watch. But then, two things changed that situation. First, the Rathbuns had been trying to adopt a child, and that reality was drawing near. In the meantime, they discovered a camera pointed at their property on a parcel that was supposed to be uninhabited. Marty sniffed out the church private eye who had been hired to surveil them from that parcel.

With a child on the way, Monique could no longer handle the idea of Scientology keeping her under surveillance. She wanted it to end. And that’s why she approached Ray Jeffrey about filing a lawsuit on her behalf. When they filed the lawsuit in August, we didn’t know about the adoption, which was still a few months away. But now, we know what motivated her to file a lawsuit that has quickly become one of the most dramatic legal battles the church has ever experienced. Scientology has fought ferociously to keep its leader, David Miscavige, from being deposed.

The current situation is that the lawsuit is on hold as we’re waiting for an appellate court to decide whether Comal County Judge Dib Waldrip abused his discretion by granting Monique the right to depose Miscavige. Scientology is also appealing Waldrip’s decision to deny Scientology’s ‘anti-SLAPP’ motion. Scientology’s detailed brief on that appeal is due June 11. As soon as we hear what the appeals court has decided on the deposition issue, we’ll let you know.

We hope that helps folks put this lawsuit in some perspective.

    Tony Ortega
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« Reply #38 on: July 18, 2014, 09:00:45 AM »

                               Scientology leader won't have to come to Texas for deposition

BY JOHN MACCORMACK : JULY 17, 2014   My San Antonio

In a decisive legal victory for David Miscavige, the controversial leader of the Church of Scientology, the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin threw out a trial judge's order that he come to Texas to be deposed in a high-profile civil suit pending in Comal County.

Miscavige is one of seven defendants in the suit filed last year by Monique Rathbun, wife of a prominent church dissident, over an alleged three-year campaign of dirty tricks, harassment and surveilance that she claims was personally directed by the church leader.

Some of the activities involved a bizarre church group called the “Squirrel Busters,” who spent months tormenting the Rathbuns while they lived in Ingleside on the Bay. After the Rathbuns moved to Bulverde, they claim the spying continued.

The prospect of Miscavige, who is based in California, having to testify under oath had made Texas case the focus of fevered attention among Scientology dissidents across the country and beyond.

The church has consistently denied that Miscavige had any knowledge or involvement in the alleged mistreatment of Rathbun, wife of Marty Rathbun, a high-ranking official who left the church a decade ago.

A church spokeswoman in California did not immediately respond to a request Thursday afternoon for comment on the ruling.

While acknowledging a significant setback, Rathbun's lawyer Ray Jeffrey said the case will continue against Miscavige and the other defendants.

“The core of our lawsuit is that this was really a campaign directed by Miscavige against Ms. Rathbun and her husband, so, to not even get to depose him over his involvement, is highly disappointing,” he said.

“It greatly harms our ability to get the true facts out when the primary actor is protected from having to testify about what he did,” he added.

In February, trial judge Dib Waldrip ruled that Miscavige had to come to Texas for a limited deposition to determine if his court had jurisdiction over him. But in granting Miscavige relief, the appellate court ruled Thursday that Waldrip had “abused his discretion.”

In its opinion, it concluded that the Rathbuns had failed to prove that Miscavige had signficant general connections to Texas or had been personally involved in the harassment campaign against them to justify subjecting a high-level official like him to a deposition.

“Although Monique alleges that Miscavige ordered the Squirrel Busters to commit the alleged torts, she has produced no evidence of this fact or any evidence ... that Miscavige has unique or superior knowledge in this regard,” read the ruling.

In deciding against the plaintiffs, the court, however, left the door open a tiny crack that theoretically could lead to Miscavige being deposed. It said the deposition question may be revisited if “less intrusive means of discovery” prove successful in establishing the trial court's jurisdiction over him.

Jmaccormack@express-news.net

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Scientology-leader-won-t-have-to-come-to-Texas-5628659.php

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/scientology-head-cant-be-forced-to-testify-texas-c/nghR7//RK=0/RS=S1RqaNnlMBQ8X7x7MYBubufgOE0-

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Court-rules-Scientology-leader-won-t-have-to-5628557.php
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« Reply #39 on: July 20, 2014, 06:33:53 PM »

                                         Judge: Scientology leader not required to give deposition

                                                                  TAMPA BAY TIMES

http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/ruling-scientology-leader-not-required-to-give-deposition/2189099
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« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2014, 08:03:46 AM »

                                         DOX: Here’s Monique Rathbun’s response to Scientology’s appeal of its anti-SLAPP defeat


Posted 8 August 2014

http://tonyortega.org/2014/08/08/dox-heres-monique-rathbuns-response-to-scientologys-appeal-of-its-anti-slapp-defeat/


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« Reply #41 on: November 19, 2015, 06:07:09 AM »

                      Court Rules Against Church of Scientology in Bizarre Case

Read more: http://www.texaslawyer.com/id=1202742697960/Court-Rules-Against-Church-of-Scientology-in-Bizarre-Case#ixzz3rrqjQEfr
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« Reply #42 on: February 02, 2016, 06:23:18 AM »

                                       MONIQUE RATHBUN FIRES HER ENTIRE LEGAL TEAM, REPORTEDLY SEEKS SETTLEMENT


February 01 2016

http://tonyortega.org/2016/02/01/monique-rathbun-fires-her-entire-legal-team-reportedly-seeks-settlement/


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« Reply #43 on: February 02, 2016, 08:34:29 PM »

        ( ???????? )                            Tony Ortega – The Underground Bunker                       ( ????????? )

Posted on February 1, 2016 by Mark C. Rathbun | 49 Comments

Mark my words.  Tony Ortega and his unnamed sources will rue this day when they declared Monique Rathbun as fair game and subjected her to intentional libel.

https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/tony-ortega-the-underground-bunker/


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« Reply #44 on: February 04, 2016, 10:29:53 PM »

                                               Attorneys in Scientology Lawsuit Fired

AUSTIN (CN) - A Texas woman embroiled in a legal battle against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige fired her attorneys on Friday "without cause."
     Monique Rathbun's former attorneys filed the unopposed motion for withdrawal of counsel at the Texas Supreme Court, where her harassment claim is pending appeal from the church.
     The 6-page document provides few details. Leslie Sara Hyman, one of Rathbun's former attorneys, based in San Antonio, declined to comment on the decision.
     "All I can share is what is in the motion," Hyman said. "Mrs. Rathbun discharged her lawyers without cause, so we are withdrawing."
     Rathbun could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
     Pending appeal to the Texas Supreme Court, Rathbun's case against the church and some of its top officials appeared to be almost ready for trial.........

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/02/03/attorneys-in-scientology-lawsuit-fired.htm
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