On July 7th in Scientology history
Church of Scientology settles suit with PR firm
July 7, 1994, Wayne Garcia, St. Petersburg Times
On the verge of a trial, the Church of Scientology has settled a $40-million federal lawsuit against its former publicity agent, Hill & Knowlton, and foe Eli Lilly and Co. for an undisclosed sum of money.
No one involved in the litigation, however, is discussing the terms of the agreement, which was completed last week.
"All parties acknowledged that they are pleased that the case has been settled," said a statement from the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles.
The agreement requires confidentiality, said Kurt Weiland, a director of the Church of Scientology International and head of its Office of Special Affairs.
Tags: Fishman, Kurt Weiland
How Scientology turned its biggest critic
July 7, 2002, Deborah O'Neil, St. Petersburg Times
Minton and Scientology had engaged in an acrimonious public battle for years, spending millions on mutual destruction.
Now they were talking truce. It wasn't long before Minton had become Scientology's star witness.
Tags: Ben Shaw, Jesse Prince, Judge Schaeffer, Ken Dandar, Lawrence
Wollersheim, Lisa McPherson, Lisa McPherson Trust, Mike Rinder, Monique
Yingling, Robert Minton, Steve Hassan
July 7, 2005, Richard Leiby, Live discussion, Washington Post
Richard Leiby: Yes, Scientologists do indeed now run the Cult Awareness Network (CAN). How the takeover occurred is a very long and complicated story, but it was essentially the result of a long and harsh legal campaign by Scientology to put CAN out of business. The church succeeded -- and then its members went on to buy the name after CAN went bankrupt.
Tags: Hypnosis, Richard Leiby
Battle with Scientology sparks Schwarzenegger pardon request
July 7, 2007, AP, San Jose Mercury News
SACRAMENTOA former Silicon Valley computer consultant whose decade-long fight with the Church of Scientology led to his ruin is asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to free him from a Riverside County jail.
Keith Henson's crusade against the church brought him a misdemeanor conviction for interfering with the rights of others to practice their religion. The 64-year-old Californian is now two months into a six-month jail sentence for the crime.
Greta Van Susteren Bays For Blood Of Anderson Cooper
July 7, 2008, Ryan Tate, Gawker
As a member of two vindictive cults Fox News and Scientology cable news anchor Greta Van Susteren is an absolute pro at channeling rage. Witness the blog post she typed up on the 4th of July holiday. The executive producer of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last week called Susteren's On The Record "not a news program. It's missing-person of the day."
Tags: Anderson Cooper, Greta Van Susteren