Through a 1-800 referral number, plaintiff Ken E. Vairo was recommended Narconon as a drug treatment program with the highest success rate for his son, Ken, Jr. Ken, Sr. was put in contact with Dan Carmichael who made several false representations about the success rate, benefits of the sauna and extensive addiction counseling provided by certified and licensed professionals, including medical personnel, he claims. Mr. Vairo paid $31,000 for the Narconon program, but alleges his son received no counseling for his addiction. Instead, he claims, his son was given scientology training routines and no medical oversight. The plaintiffs make claims for damages under federal wiretap violations, breach of contract, fraud, fraudulent concealment, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent misrepresentation, claims under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, unjust enrichment and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
In January 2014, while searching for a rehabilitation facility for her daughter, Deanna Tetreau of Michigan came across a website that purported to be an independent referral service which was not independent from Narconon at all. From there, she was referred to a Narconon Fresh Start representative named Josh Penn, infamous now for making representations that the Narconon program provided drug counseling under the supervision of medical professionals, and that it was a scientifically proven method resulting in a success rate of over 70%. Plaintiffs signed the contract, paid for their Warner Springs location program called Sunshine Summit Lodge where Deanna's daughter Jennifer Henning began 'treatment' only to find that there was no counseling, only Scientology training. She was unable to complete the sauna component due to high doses Niacin triggering pancreatitis which the facility neglected to provide appropriate can and supervision of. The causes of action in this case are: Breach of Contract; Negligence; Fraud; Negligent Misrepresentation; Violations of non-competition law , violation of federal wiretapping, law among others.
Clark Carr, President of Narconon International, sues personally and on behalf of others he claims were defrauded by Defendants individually and as officers of NAFC. This case is considered by many to be a diversion tactic from NAFC's lawsuit against Carr, Narconon International, ABLE International, Church of Scientology International, Religious Technology Center, David Miscavige and approximately 80+ other defendants on fraud and misuse of trademarks. http://narcononreviews.net/lawsuits/nafc-v-narconon-and-church-of-scientology-many-defendants/
Fresh Start representative Dan Carmichael made the usual false representations to the Plaintiffs (76% success rate, licensed medical care at the facility, the program is secular, and the sauna detox scientifically proven and effective for eliminating drug cravings) and also recommended that Plaintiffs employ Kevin Ray d/b/a Second Wind Intervention as an interventionist. This complaint goes into detail about the use of telephone scripts which are used with callers, in order to manipulate callers into enrolling their loved one in Fresh Start. It also goes into detail about how phone calls are recorded without the caller's knowledge, and used as "a means of teaching the high pressure and deceptive sales techniques Fresh Start uses."
After speaking with Nick Morrill, a Narconon Fresh Start staff member, and being assured that the program was completely secular and had nothing to do whatsoever with Scientology, Plaintiffs enrolled their daughter in Fresh Start's Caliente, Nevada facility. Plaintiffs received received a phone call from Fresh Start’s in-house legal counsel, Bruce Haddrill, who informed them that a Fresh Start staff member had engaged in sexual relations with their daughter during the withdrawal phase at the beginning of her treatment program approximately two months earlier, and that their daughter was being expelled from the program (the lawsuit does not mention any punishment for the staff member, or whether he was fired). Later he emailed them and told them that Fresh Start had decided the daughter could stay and she was moved to the Sunshine Summit Lodge facility in Warner Springs, California. However, Plaintiffs decided to remove her, and send her to an all-female treatment center. While arrangements were being made, a Fresh Start intern engaged in sexual relations with her. These two sexual encounters with staff at Fresh Start impeded the daughter in her attempts to recover from drug addiction, and caused her emotional distress and embarrassment.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, claims under the California Unfair Competition Act (related to false advertising) and seek damages for federal wiretap violations.
In addition to the standard complaint of facilities delivering Scientology instead of substance abuse counseling, this lawsuit tells of a difficult withdrawal period with a visit to a hospital emergency room, poor conditions at the facility, lack of medical care, drug use by employees, and improperly cooked food which made the clients sick. The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege breach of contract, negligence, fraud, and premises liability. Narconon Freedom Center failed to meet their duty to provide a safe environment, they claim. Among other requests, the plaintiffs seek injunctive relief in the form of an immediate suspension of the Niacin and Sauna program via a temporary restraining order.
Plaintiff's are suing for Breach of Contract, Negligence, Fraud, Premises Liability, Request for Injunctive Relief and Damages in a California federal district court with the assistance of attorney David E. Miller of the Saeed & Little firm based in Indiana. Claims and allegations include negligence causing physical illness, vomiting of blood, pain and suffering that required multiple hospitalizations during the times attending the program. As well, Ms. Tyler was forced to take the vitamins, to go back into the sauna, by threats. Ms. Tyler was put on straight non-medical withdrawal for her addiction to crack and alcohol and her anti-anxiety medicine was taken away, causing her to suffer in withdrawal while having a bad reaction to the niacin. More info on the page.
Plaintiff is suing for Breach of Contract, Negligence. Fraud Premise Liability, Breach of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Request for Injunctive Relief and Damages in a California federal district court with the assistance of attorney David E. Miller of the Saeed & Little firm based in Indiana. Claims include negligence for inadequate program,medical and addiction care for the patient who entered the program with Hepatitis C, then joining staff, relapsing and redoing the program which resulted in severe liver disease for which he is now under care. More info on the page.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit seek damages for federal wiretap violations and allege breach of contract, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and negligent misrepresentation. Additional claims are made under the California Unfair Competition act related to deceptive and unlawful business practices. The judge issued an order in this case, dismissing the wiretap claim, which closes this case in Federal Court, but allows a lawsuit for the other claims to be refiled in State Court.