Jeff Jacobsen wrote:
> November 10, 1998
> Daniel Leipold, Esq.
> Leipold, Donahue & Shipe
> 960-A West Seventeenth Street
> Santa Ana, California 92706
> LTR 11-10-98 FROM ELLIOT ABELSON
> Re: Brian Haney TO D. LEIPOLD, ESQ.
> Dear Mr. Leipold, VAULT 13IN J4 BIN-J4C
> I have received your letter of 28 October 1998 concerning Mr. Haney's demand
> for a return of donations.
Donations - the acceptable truth - not money paid for services never rendered - or rendered and to be found lacking - but "donations". A way to make asking for a refund sound anti-religious. This type of mis-information has to be explained to as many people as possible - the cos is so busy using the "religion" angle to make itself look like a victim - yet it is nothing more than a bait and switch scheme to get as much money as possible.
> You misunderstand the function of the Claims Verification Board. CVB is
> a service furnished to Churches of Scientology by the Mother Church, and
> its purpose is to verify that claims made for refunds or repayments are
> brought in accordance with Church policy.
And that policy can be changed at any moment to suit the particular situation by either mis-stating it - or stating it only in part so that those who want a refund cannot get it or must jump through a miriad of hoops to do so.
> CVB has received no routing forms for Brian Haney's claims from the Church.
> It is not a justice matter, nor does it have anything to do with public relations.
> It is Church policy to which he agreed.
No routing forms - all that has been requested is a refund. Which church has routing forms?? None that I am aware of. No it has NOTHING to do with PR - this is all about avoiding a PR FLap and we are fully prepared to cull your PC folders to smear you if you do not shut up and go away.
> Upon verification of the amounts claimed from the Church, the CVB will
> either disapprove or approve each of Mr. Haney's requests for the return
> of donations.
Again with the donations - this always implies "free will" yet each and every "service" given by the cos has a pre-set price - hardly donations and definitely NOT free will either.
> The Church is certainly prepared to meet you in court, if you prefer, where
> evidence of our refusal to advise your client can be presented along with
> his written agreement to follow the procedure available to him to obtain
> his refund.
Ah the "church" of the law suit - go ahead take us to court -we will out snow you, out lawyer you, and drag it on so long that this will cost you more money than you could possibly collect in any so-called donations. You cannot win - and we know it.
> Very truly yours,
> Elliot 1. Abelson
> General Counsel
> Church of Scientology
> EJA/sg cc: Samuel D. Rosen, Esq. Eric Lieberman, Esq.