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Jun 1, 1988 Court reverses fair use ruling on Hubbard bio — Publisher's Weekly More: link
Latest in a line of rulings turning on fair use, a U.S. Appeals Court has overturned a lower court's injunction that prevented publication of a critical biography of L. Ron Hubbard as long as it contained copyrighted material from the published writings of the late founder of Scientology. New Era Publications, which owns Hubbard's copyrights, had won the injunction earlier this year when the district court ruled that the use of 103 passages taken from 43 published works by Hubbard was ...
May 26, 1988 Cult to pay taxes // US court confirms Church of Scientology is a profit making organisation — East Grinstead Courier (UK) More: link
East Grinstead Courier (UK)
THE church of Scientology has been ruled a profit making organisation. In the Supreme Court, Washington DC, last Monday, the cult was refused leave to appeal against a 1984 tax exempt ruling and must now pay $1.2 million back taxes for 1970 to 1972 and $287,614 in penalties for late filing. This will come as a severe blow to the church which has been fighting the Internal Revenue Service since the late 1960's to keep its tax exemption status. The United ...
May 21, 1988 Court halts distribution of Hubbard biography — New York Times
New York Times
A Federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting Henry Holt & Company from distributing additional copies of a biography highly critical of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology. Some 12,500 copies of the book,
Bare-Faced Messiah by Russell Miller, were shipped to bookstores on April 27. The court order, handed down yesterday in Manhattan by Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, affects the 10,000 ... Apr 22, 1988 Tax decisions and rulings // Court decisions // Charitable contributions---Scientologist's payments for auditing held deductible — Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Washington, D.C.) More: link
Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Washington, D.C.)
Fixed fees paid by member of Church of Scientology for auditing and training rituals are deductible as charitable contributions. (CA 2; Miner, J.; Foley v. Commissioner, No. 86-4026, 4/19/88; Newman, J., dissents) Facts: As members of the Church of Scientology, the taxpayers participate in the rituals of auditing and training, which are the central religious experiences of Scientology. Auditing is a one-to-one encounter between the participant and a church staff member, called an auditor, designed to raise the spiritual awareness ...
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