Les Jackman and six others were sued by Scientology for breach of confidentiality and libel in the fall-out that resulted in the Canadian version of operation Snow White. There former members came forward and testified against their former bosses in various trials and depositions. They also went running to the press with Scientology’s dirty linen by the truck load. Then the cult decided to sue them in order to get more bad PR for themselves. Such are the workings of Scientology. The following quote is from Alberta Report, August 29, 1980.
Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard told his followers early on that they should use civil litigation to harass, silence or even to destroy opponents. From the defamation suits filed four years ago by Scientology’s Calgary, Edmonton and Old Strathcona Missions, however, seven weary but very determined Albertans last week emerged unsilenced and undestroyed. The $100,000 lawsuits against them (the figure, incidentally, specifically recommended by scientologist Hubbard) were thrown out of court without coming to trial. Even so, lawyers say, the Alberta suits saw more action and got closer to actual trial than has any of the other 51 lawsuits filed by Scientology against Canadian detractors since 1968.
Nor is the action quite over yet, though now it is in the nature of a legal mop-up. The latest trial date assigned to the case of Scientology vs. the seven Albertans was this October 6. Calgary lawyer and defence counsel Kenneth E. Staroszik therefore notified Scientology’s latest lawyer, within days after the suit was dismissed, that he proposes to use that time for another purpose. The other purpose: application for a court order requiring the organization to pay all the legal costs his clients have accumulated in dealing with the 14 separate court actions the case has involved. Ten of these were Queen’s Bench hearings, four were appeals of some of them to the Alberta Appeal Court. The price tag, Mr. Staroszik figures, will lie between $50,000 and $60,000.
It was a jubilant time for the seven defendants. Six are Calgarians and former scientology members: Lorna Levett, Brendon Moore, Les Jackman, William Reid, Neil Taylor and William Wallace. The seventh is Betty McCoy, an Edmonton resident whose son Michael joined the organization in 1973, when he was 20. Together with an eighth, an Edmonton woman and ex-scientologist against whom action was later dropped when she came to terms, the seven were sued in September, 1976.
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To see how the cult has fared in Canada over the years go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_in_Canada