Arizona case for refund from Church of Scientology

First Amended Complaint

Defense Motion to Dismiss

Plaintiff Response to Defense Motion to Dismiss

Plaintiff Motion to Reconsider their Summary Judgment

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John Barrow refund case summary

[note: this is my summary based on the documents from the case that I got from the courthouse. I have no other information than from these documents other than a call to the Plaintiff attorney- I asked if his client was happy with the settlement and he said yes.]

John Barrow joined the Church of Scientology in June of 1991, one month after marrying Ms. Freeman and 2 years after a near-fatal accident. Within 2 years, Barrow had paid $150,000 to Scientology. Barrow joined Scientology for the mental and physical benefits, not for any religious reason, and in fact continued as a practicing Mormon throughout his life.

In the course of his Scientology activity, Barrow had developed paranoia enough that he began carrying a gun. Barrow had a violent confrontation with his wife, and even moved out of the house for a time in mid-1992. He lost his job. In June of 1992 Barrow had decided that Scientology was not working for him and he wrote a letter asking for a refund.

Mr. Barrow died February 2, 1993.

By July of 1993 AOLA had refunded $54,730. By August of 1993 the Phoenix org had refunded $6500 of a total of $43,072 of services paid for but not received. John De Niro, of the Phoenix org, wrote letters with certain portions of repayments, indicating that more repayment would be forthcoming.

When payments stopped, Freeman tried through Scientology channels to recover the remaining funds owed. Since this did not work, Mrs. Barrow sued on January 14, 1997 for the money paid with no services rendered, and also for services rendered, since Chantal Code of AOLA had determined that the services provided by the Phoenix org to Barrow were "not properly done," according to Freeman's affidavit.

Scientology's attorneys then began an aggressive attempt to get out of any more payments by claiming that they are a religion and therefore do not need to refund anything.

After much legal argument and a failed settlement agreement, Scientology and Freeman reached an out of court settlement. A previous settlement agreement mentioned $60,000 as a settlement fee, but I do not know what the final amount was as it is not in the court documents.

There are 4 volumes of documents in the courthouse in this case. I would guess about 70-80% of the paperwork is Scientology trying to prove that they are a religion.

PDF files

Affidavit of Wilma Freeman (462k)

Affidavit of John Barrow, written at the request of a Scientologist (88k)

Affidavit of Janice Hayward (186k)

John Barrow's letter to Scientology explaining that things are going wrong (97k)

John Barrow's letter of resignation from Scientology (291k)

Plaintiff's complaint (175k)

Plaintiff's statement of facts (343k)

Scientology's motion to dismiss (1 meg)

Plaintiff's motion to reconsider summary judgment motion (462k)

Plaintiff's response to defense motion to dismiss (808k)

Plaintiff's reply to defense motions (847k)

Preliminary settlement agreement (242k)