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Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Russian Court on Monday banned the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology. The court banned the church [RT report] stating that it does not comply with federal laws on freedom of religion because 'Scientology' is a US trademark. This is the latest in a series of battles … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ruled [text] to officially recognize the Church of Scientology [official website] as a legal entity, over strong opposition by Russian authorities. The church has applied for recognition six times between the years of 1995 and 2003. The applications … [read more]

Legal News
16 Oct 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] France's highest appeals court on Wednesday upheld the 2009 fraud conviction of the Church of Scientology [church website; JURIST news archive]. The Cour de Cassation [official website, in French], the country's court of final appeal for civil and criminal matters, rejected the organization's request [AFP report] that the conviction … [read more]

Legal News
14 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe [official website, in German] on Tuesday ordered [press release, in German] Google [corporate website] to remove defamatory autocomplete results if notified. The plaintiffs, an unidentified company selling nutritional supplements and its founder, claimed when their names were entered on Google's German-language website, … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A French court of appeals on Thursday upheld the 2009 fraud conviction against the Church of Scientology [church website, JURIST news archive], fining the defendants a total of €600,000. The decision upheld the original conviction of the Spiritual Association of the Church of Scientology (ASES) [church website, in French], … [read more]

Legal News
16 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Sixteen Hungarian churches have appealed to the country's Constitutional Court [official website, in Hungarian] seeking to block a controversial church law that purportedly violates the separation of church and state. The "Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion, and on Churches, Religions and Religious Community," passed … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A Shchyolkovo town court ruled [statement text, in Russian] Thursday that the main texts of Scientology, including What Is Scientology?, are "calls to extremist activity" and placed them on the Federal List of Extremist Materials [text, in Russian], effectively banning them in Russia. The judge ruled, based on expert … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2009
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] upheld a lower court decision [press release, in Russian] to shut down the Taganrog Jehovah's Witness congregation and ban the distribution of 34 Jehovah's Witness publications on Tuesday. Both the Jehovah's Witness congregation and the publications are "extremist," the Supreme Court … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2009
by Jonathan Cohen

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday that displaying a crucifix in a public school classroom violates the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. The lawsuit was brought against Italy by Soile Lautsi, who claimed that displaying a crucifix "infringed the … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled Thursday that Russia intefered with the freedom of religion [judgment text] by refusing to register two Scientology groups as "religious organizations." Russian authorities had rejected attempts by Scientologist branches in Surgut and Nizhnekamsk to register because they did not … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The German government announced Friday that it has ended its investigation into the practices of the Church of Scientology [church website]. The German Interior Ministry [official website] began a probe into Scientology [JURIST report] in 2007, calling it an "organization that is not compatible with the constitution," seeking to … [read more]

Legal News
8 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] A French judge on Monday ordered the Spiritual Association of the Church of Scientology (ASES - Celebrity Centre) [church website, in French] to appear before the Paris Magistrates Court [official website, in French] to face criminal charges. ASES has been unsuccessfully prosecuted in French courts before, and it along … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and his 16 regional counterparts have consider Scientology [church website] "an organization that is not compatible with the constitution", and will work to ban it in Germany, Schäuble said at the end of a two-day ministerial meeting Friday. The German government regards Scientology as … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Belgian prosecutor Jean-Claude Van Espen said Tuesday that the Church of Scientology [church website] should be classified as a criminal organization after completing a 10-year investigation into the church's activities. Van Espen also recommended that the Church and a dozen of its adherents should face criminal charges of fraud … [read more]

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