Frightened and desperate for help, these parents contacted Narconon to address their son's drinking problem. After speaking to Dan Carmichael, they were convinced that seizures and death were imminent for their son. They allege that their son was heavily drugged during detox, was later the recipient of back and neck rubs, including an offer to wash his socks in exchange for allowing an intern to "rub his feet." Once the drugs wore off, it only took son 1 & 1/2 days to become aware that something was wrong and he asked to leave . The parents claim Narconon Harlingen staff attempted to keep him there, but relented and dropped him off at a hotel. The family's experience with Narconon had lasting effects. The parent's used their retirement money to pay for their son's treatment. Their son was stressed and had difficulty sleeping after going home.
These parents allege they were promised the "highest success rate in the field of drug rehabilitation, luxury-leisurely resort accommodations, drug education program, jacuzzi" and more. The complaint is cut off at that point. We can only assume that Narconon did not live up to its promises.
The plaintiffs allege multiple material misrepresentations, civil conspiracy, consumer fraud, breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith/fair dealing, and more. Dianna Nardella specifically claims she was promised grief counseling for her son who was the lone survivor of a car accident in which three of his friends were killed. Narconon Fresh Start has admitted in previous lawsuits that the Narconon program does not include counseling.
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.
Narconon Fresh Start Employees Bryan Randall and Matt Kinser falsely represented the Narconon Program as having a 75% success rate, that religion is not a part of the program, that Tyler would be under the care of a doctor or nurse at Fresh Start, that the sauna would be medically supervised, and that at least 50% of the cost of the program would be covered by Tyler’s health insurance. This lawsuit includes claims for: Breach of Contract; Fraud; Fraudulent Concealment; Negligence; Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; Negligent Misrepresentation; Claim Under Colorado Consumer Protection Act, C.R.S.A. § 6-1-105; and Civil RICO for Mail and Wire Fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1964(c).
Nikki was seen by a doctor the day she arrived at Narconon, but there was no other medical supervision (doctor or nurse) during withdrawal or during the rest of her stay at Narconon in Colorado. She was taken off an anti-depressant medication which was prescribed by her own personal doctor, and which she had been taking for 10 years, by Narconon. This lawsuit includes claims for: Breach of Contract; Fraud; Fraudulent Concealment; Negligence; Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; Negligent Misrepresentation; Claim Under Colorado Consumer Protection Act, C.R.S.A. § 6-1-105; and Civil RICO for Mail and Wire Fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1964(c).
Peter Geanacopulos began to experience heart palpitations during the sauna portion of the Narconon program, and was taken to see a doctor in Caliente, Nevada. The doctor said that he believed the palpitations were the result of the high doses of Niacin given as a part of the program, and recommended drastically reducing the Niacin or stopping it altogether. This was stated in the presence of a Narconon employee. When Peter returned to Narconon, had Peter continue the high doses of Niacin. Peter was removed from Narconon by his mother, but continues to have heart palpitations and remains under the care of a cardiologist. Causes of action in this lawsuit are: Breach of Contract, Fraud, Negligence, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Misrepresentation (in the alternative), and Negligence per se.
After filling out a form on a website that purported to find an appropriate drug rehab facility, Plaintiff was contacted by a Narconon representative named Ryan (1-866-635-7437) who pressured to send her son to Narconon. Another Narconon representative, Josh Penn, joined the call and also pressured Christy to send her son to Narconon, suggesting that he might die if he didn't go to Narconon. Within a short while, she had received 3 phone calls from Ryan and Josh Penn, urging her to get her son into Narconon "today". Once at Narconon, the staff repeatedly told Branden that his family had not called and did not care about him, when, in fact, the family had called every day, worried. During a visit by his aunt and uncle, they became aware that Narconon was Scientology and not drug treatment, and took him out of Narconon. Causes of action in this case are: Breach of Contract; Fraud; and Negligence.
Angelo, a martial arts fighter who had become addicted to Vicodin after 3 surgeries, was frightened by signs of psychosis in fellow patients who had been taken off their medications by Narconon. On one occasion, he was attacked from behind by one of the students in front of a Narconon "counselor" who did nothing, not even reprimand, the student. Angelo left Narconon because he did not feel safe, and the staff were unfit to treat him. Claims in this lawsuit are: Breach of Contract; Fraud; and Negligence.