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Old 4th November 2021, 03:30 AM   #1
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Scientology Question

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Scientology Can Settle Legal Disputes From Within, Appeals Court Rules by Tracey McManus

In an opinion that could set precedent for challenges to the Church
of Scientology, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday affirmed the church’s
ability to arbitrate disputes with former members on its own, effectively
sidestepping the court system. The decision upheld a federal judge’s
earlier ruling that resulted in the first-ever internal arbitration held
between the church and defectors.

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In her dissent, 11th Circuit Judge Robin Rosenbaum argued that she would
vacate Whittemore’s order compelling the arbitration because the agreements
the Garcias signed were not valid. Rosenbaum said without established rules of
procedure for the arbitration, the process was “as one-sided and unconscionable
as an arbitration agreement can be.”

“You can’t make up the rules as you go along,” Rosenbaum wrote.
“It’s a basic concept of fairness, and it’s one that applies to arbitration
as well. No wonder. If a party to the arbitration can create the rules
governing the arbitration as the arbitration progresses, it enjoys an
insurmountable advantage that effectively guarantees its victory.”

Question: Why do you need to sign anything anymore with pen and ink?

Surely, an eletronic signature where you type you name into a box is good enough.
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Old 4th November 2021, 03:59 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Solitaire View Post
Question: Why do you need to sign anything anymore with pen and ink?

Surely, an eletronic signature where you type you name into a box is good enough.
I do not know about the specifics of this case, but in my state of West Virginia, there is still a law on the books that states certain legal documents need to be hand-signed in blue ink in order to be considered legally valid signatures.

As a result, electronic signatures have not completely replaced everything.
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Old 4th November 2021, 04:12 AM   #3
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Not surprised the arbitration was upheld, to not do so would have overturned centuries of legal precedence. The only wriggle room would be whether they can show they did not know what they were signing and/or show they were coerced into signing.

But remember this only applies to civil matters.

Fraud is a criminal matter so if they seek justice, they should turn all their evidence over to the prosecution service.
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