Koslow v. Narconon Fresh Start d/b/a Rainbow Canyon Retreat; ABLE; Narconon West US; Narconon International; et. al.

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.

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FTC Complaint, Narconon Warner Springs, August 14, 2014

A mother complains that Narconon convinced and assured her they could help her daughter with an addiction to unhealthy relationships. After the daughter entered the program, the mother was denied contact and progress reports despite promises of daily updates, The mother also alleges her daughter continued to maintain the unhealthy relationships in her life during in the program, and turned against her mother when she questioned the treatment. When the time came for her daughter's graduation from the Narconon program, the consumer felt she was deceived because her daughter was misled to falsely believe she completed something helpful and the mother wanted a refund for services that were never rendered.

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Brown v. Narconon Fresh Start d/b/a Sunshine Summit Fresh Start; ABLE; Narconon International; et. al.

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.

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Knoflick v. Narconon of Northern California d/b/a Redwood Cliffs; ABLE; Narconon International; et.al.

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege breach of contract, fraud, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil RICO for mail and wire fraud, negligent misrepresentation, negligence per se, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and seek injunctive relief under the California Unfair Competition Act related to deceptive and unlawful business practices.

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Narconon Survey Response #335

This person replied to the survey on behalf of their daughter, who had recently been at Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge for 3 and a half weeks. She was deceived about the connection between Narconon and Scientology, says that her daughter did not need hypnotic experiences or exposure to manipulation, and that many clients "are only there because someone paid a lot of money for them to be there." She adds, "My 18 yr. old daughter escaped in the middle of night, walking through the woods, being chased by a coyote. She then hitched a ride with a complete stranger."

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Jones and Ramirez v. Narconon Redwood Cliffs, Narconon International, ABLE, et. al.

Plaintiff searched the internet and found a purportedly independent referral website whose representative told her to contact Mike DiPalma at Redwood Cliffs. DiPalma misrepresented the program's success rate, medical and counselor staffing, effectiveness of the New Life Detoxification (sauna) as being “scientifically and medically proven.” The contract Plaintiff signed warranted that the program was not religious in nature, and did not mention Scientology. Feeling unsafe, and not getting drug rehab treatment, but Scientology instead, Plaintiff's son Jimmy left Narconon with other patients, walked into town, found lodging, and made plans to return home. Narconon staff "camped outside their hotel room, followed them around town, and repeatedly harassed Jimmy and the other patients. Jimmy and the others were forced to ask local police to get NNC staff to leave them alone."

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NAFC v. Narconon and Church of Scientology (many defendants)

Plaintiff National Association of Forensic Counselors, Inc. (NAFC) and Plaintiff American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselors, Inc. d/b/a American College of Certified Forensic Counselors (ACCFC) are issuing bodies for certifications in the rehab field, including Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and others. After finding that numerous Narconon and Scientology related entities and persons were (and are) using their certifications and trademarks without authorization, they have filed a lawsuit in Federal Court seeking to reclaim damages resulting from loss of reputation and money, which resulted in financial enrichment of the 82 defendants, and have asked for an injunction to prevent use in the future. The use of the trademarks implies that the individuals are certified by the Plaintiffs when in fact they are not. This case may have far reaching repercussions on other cases against Narconon.

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