Ex-Scientologists Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Forced Labor Case

Law360, Los Angeles (February 9, 2012, 5:02 PM EST) -- Former Church of Scientology International members seeking to revive their claims of forced labor against the organization received a sympathetic ear from the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, but the ministerial exception shielding the church was a high hurdle to overcome, the appeals court said.

“I don’t think there’s anyone on the bench whose heart doesn’t go out to your clients,” U.S. Circuit Judge N. Randy Smith told an attorney representing former scientologists Claire and Marc Headley, who claim the church used psychological pressure to keep them...
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