McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

May 11, 2011

NARCONON on trial

By Wes Carter
Staff Writer

McALESTER — Narconon International, a non-profit drug treatment organization, asked Associate District Court Judge James Bland to dismiss a case Monday that claimed the non-profit was negligent in the treatment of a former patient.

The lawsuit was filed by former patient and Pennsylvania resident Robert Travaglini on April 24, 2011.

The defendant claims that the Pittsburg County Court lacks personal jurisdiction over Narconon International.

“The honorable court lacks personal jurisdiction over defendant Narconon International and any holding to the contrary violates Narconon International’s fundamental right to due process,” the motion to dismiss claims.

No ruling had been issued as of press time today. However, Narconon International is not the only company Travaglini filed claims against.

Travaglini filed the suit against Narconon International, Narconon Arrowhead and Narconon of Oklahoma.  

In the lawsuit, Travaglini reports that the drug treatment organization failed to provide both statutory and common law duties when he was forced to sit in a sauna for long periods of time for consecutive days, according to court documents.

The treatment lead to severe dehydration and a mental breakdown, according to Travaglini’s court petition.  

Travaglini is asking the court to “grant him the relief sought, including , but not limited to , actual damages in excess of $10,000, with interest accruing from the date of filing this suit, punitive damages pursuant to Oklahoma Statutes, reasonable attorney’s fees, and for any and all other relief the court deems just and equitable.”

According to literature published by Narconon, a patient pays around $30,000 for treatment at the facility.

Narconon is a drug-treatment rehabilitation center that bases treatments on teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

In a brochure, Narconon claims to be non-denominational, but does credit scientology for funding and supporting the company from the beginning.

This is the second negligence lawsuit Naconon of Oklahoma has been involved in this year.