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.
Narconon of Georgia, Inc.
Narconon of Georgia, Inc. was the legal owner of one facility in Norcross, Georgia which goes by the name Narconon of Georgia. It was licensed only for outpatient, non-residential treatment. It is now closed.
The Plaintiff in this case paid $15,000 to Narconon of Georgia for another person to go to their facility, but the person decided not to go through with the treatment. Narconon of Georgia did not return the money that had been paid. This lawsuit was filed to effect the return of money paid for services which were not rendered.
Evanston Insurance Company seeks a declaratory judgment that professional liability policy no. SM-887805 (the “Policy”) issued to Narconon of Georgia, Narconon International, and Association of Better Living and Education (ABLE) is void ab initio (from the start), or alternatively, that Evanston has no duty to defend and/or indemnify Narconon or ABLE in the class action lawsuit, Benjamin Burgess et al v. Religious Technology Center Inc. et al.
This former client found Narconon of Georgia at the top of a search for "seattle heroin rehab". He was told the success rate was 76%, but discovered over a period of 8 months at the facility that the success rate was false. He did not elaborate on his experiences, but left this comment: "That place was fucking crazy. Oh my god."
A former client at Narconon of Georgia, this person describes a housing situation rife with drug and alcohol use and indiscriminate sex, and says "They never threw even the worst rule breakers out cause they wanted the money more than they wanted to do the right thing..."
Five families have filed a class action lawsuit calling the entire Narconon of Georgia program a fraud. This is the first ever class action lawsuit filed against a Narconon by victims its drug rehabilitation program and deceptive trade practices. This case concerns Narconon of Georgia and its parent and related supervisory organizations - Narconon International, Association for Better Living and Educational International and Religious Technology Center - which holds the copyrights and oversees licensing of all Scientology works left by L. Ron Hubbard to the Church of Scientology International for its organizations use, including its social front groups like Narconon.
This person is a former client of Narconon of Georgia, located in Norcross, Georgia near Atlanta. She describes inadequate staff to care for the number of clients, drinking and drug use in the program, harassment, and says, "they only delivered results due to my fear of having to return to that cult hell hole."
This lawsuit arose out of a coverage dispute under a Commercial and Professional Liability Coverage policy held by Narconon of Georgia with Western World Insurance Company. Western World sought a declaratory judgement in the case.
This was an inspection of Narconon of Georgia's sauna facility. Several deficiencies were found. This resulted in some type of fine or sanction against this branch of Narconon of Georgia, which was either paid or settled in some way. There is more information about this inspection and the facility in general in our blog post, Narconon's Recurring Insurance Nightmare.
In this lawsuit, Barry and Cyndy Hanchett allege Narconon of Georgia misrepresented the Narconon program, facility amenities, and insurance billing practices. In addition, when the notice of the lawsuit was sent to the Registered Agent, Attorney Matthew Hines, he was not at the location documented with the Secretary of State and could not be found.