Ex-Scientologists Challenge Arbitration Order In Fraud Suit

By Carolina Bolado (April 13, 2015, 8:55 PM EDT) -- Two former Scientologists on Thursday asked a Florida federal court to reconsider its decision sending their fraud claims against the church to arbitration, arguing that the Church of Scientology is not a religion and that the arbitration clauses are unconscionable.

California couple Luis Garcia Saz and his wife Maria del Rocio Burgos Garcia asked U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore to reconsider his March 13 order sending their claims against the church to arbitration.

They said the court erroneously assumed that the Garcias had agreed that the Church of Scientology is a religious institution entitled to First Amendment protection. The couple...

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