From Tony Orgega's "The Underground Bunker," "Scieno's drug rehab network, Narconon, had removed a class-action lawsuit filed against it in Georgia to federal court, and had filed multiple motions to dismiss it. Now, the plaintiffs in that suit, led by their attorney, Jeff Harris, have hit back with a detailed briefing explaining why they’re suing not only Narconon, but the Religious Technology Center — Scienos' controlling entity, which is led by the church’s top official, DM. Harris attached 31 exhibits of Scieno's own publications and internal documents in an attempt to show that DM wields total control of the Scieno empire, down to local drug rehab centers like the one in the Atlanta area, Narconon GA, that is the focus of this suit. It’s one of the most comprehensive assaults on Scieno’s real structure in many years. The plaintiffs are alleging fraud, deceptive practices, and negligence after contracting with Narconon GA for rehab services, typically for a member of their family. But as we have been reporting over the last year, it turns out that just about every step of Narconon’s business model contains a level of deception, prospective clients are not told about Narconon’s connections to the Church, and have no idea that patients receive beginning Scieno training rather than drug counseling. In fact, former Narconon executives tell us that Scieno officials keep tight control of the Narconon network, which has been a reliable cash cow for the Church in recent years. Former officials tell us Church Members would constantly call local facilities for updates about cash flow. But now that it is facing a class-action lawsuit, the Church is following its usual strategy, and in several motions to dismiss filed on July 12, denied that Scieno’s top entity, RTC, had anything to do with the Narconon network and should be let out of the lawsuit. (Motions to dismiss were also filed for Narconon GA, its umbrella group Narconon Internat'l, and its umbrella group, the Association for Better Living and Education.) Now, Harris is attempting to show the court in this new filing that Narconon — like all other Scieno enterprises — is controlled from the top, by Miscavige and the RTC."
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