Verdict Is Upheld Against Scientology

Source: Boston Globe
Date: September 27, 1986

A Los Angeles judge last week rejected a request that he either overturn a $30 million verdict against the Church of Scientology of California or grant a new trial in a suit by former member Larry Wollersheim, who said Scientologists destroyed his business and drove him to the brink of insanity when he left the church after 11 years.

Attorneys for the church said they will appeal the decision by Superior Court Judge Ronald Swearinger because the damages bear no relation to the harm Wollersheim suffered and because the size of the award would cripple the Church of Scientology of California, which has a net worth estimated at $18 million.