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175879162 DeCrescenzo vs Scientology Motion for Summary Judgment Ocr

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................. 1STATEMENT
OF
THE CASE ............................................................................................. 1
A.
Prior Proceedings ...................................................................................................... 1
B.
Stateme:r;it
Of
Uncontroverted Facts .......................................................................... 4ARGUMENT .......... ; ..........................................................................................................
12A.
Equitable Estoppel Applies Where A Defendant Inequitably Acts ToInduce A Potential Plaintiff Reasonably To Delay Filing A Timely LawsuitAnd Where The Plaintiff Institutes The Action Within A Reasonable TimeAfter The Circumstances Inducing Delay Have Ceased To Operate ......................
12
B.
Defendants Engaged In No Conduct That Would Equitably Estop ThemFrom Invoking Their Statute
Of
Limitations Defenses ...........................................
13
1.
PlaintiffMay Not Invoke Equitable Estoppel on the Basis
of
AllegedRepresentations That Plaintiff Had Released Her Right to Bring aLawsuit ........................................................................................................
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a.
No
Such Representations Were Made .............................................
13
b.
Even
if
Defendants Made Representations That the ReleasesWaive Plaintiffs Right to Sue, Such Denials
of
LegalLiability Cannot Support a Claim
of
Equitable Estoppel.. ..............
13
c.
. As this Court Previously Found (a Finding Not Disturbed bythe Court
of
Appeal Decision), Defendant Could NotReasonably Rely Upon the Alleged Misrepresentations .................
14
2.
Plaintiff May Not Invoke Equitable Estoppel on the Basis
of
AllegedThreats
of
Harassment or "Banishment"
...................................................
16
a.
Defendants Made No Such Threats .................................................
16
b.
Fear
of
Possible Excommunication Cannot Be the Basis for aFinding
of
Equitable Estoppel.. .......................................................
17
C.
Plaintiff Failed
To
Institute This Action Within A Reasonable Time AfterThe Alleged Circumstances Inducing Delay Ceased To Operate ...........................
19
CONCLUSION ................................................................................................................... 20
Defendants' Joint Motion For Summary Judgment On Ground That Statutes
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Limitations
Bar
The Action
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
Page(s)
CASES
Anderson
v.
Watchtower Bible &Tract Society
of
New York, Inc.,
2007
WL
161035 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 19, 2007) ...................................................................
18
Deirmenjian
v.
Deutsche Bank, A.G.,
526 F. Supp. 2d 1068 (C.D. Cal. 2007) ...................................................................................
13
Green
v.
Travelers Indemnity Co.,
185 Cal. App. 3d 544 (1986) ...................................................................................................
12
Headley
v,
Church
of
Scientology Intl,
687 F.3d 1173 (9th Cir. 2012) ..........................................................................................
passim
Hosanna Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & Sch.
v.
EEOC,
565
U.S._,
132 S. Ct. 694 (2012) ...................................................•..................................... 17
Hurpia
v.
Universal Church,
2005 Extra Lexis 85, at *4 (L.A. Sup. April 14, 2005) ........................................................... 19
John
R.
v.
Oakland Unified School Dist.,
48 Cal. 3d 438 (1989) .............................................................................................................. 12
Kedroff
v.
St.
Nicholas Cathedral
of
Russian Orthodox Church in North Am.,
344 U.S. 94 (1952) .................................................................................................................. 17
Lantzy
v.
Centex Homes,
31
Cal. 4th 363 (2003) ....................................................................................................... 12, 14
Lobrovich
v.
Georgison,
144 Cal. App. 2d 567 (1956) ................................................................................................... 20
M,eroni
v.
Holy Spirit Assoc.
for
the Unification
of
World Christianity,
506 N.Y.S.2d 174 (N.Y. App. Div.1986) ................................................................................
15
Mills
v.
Forestex Co.,
108 Cal. App. 4th 625 (2003) ...................................................................................... 12, 13, 20
Neff
v.
New York Life
Ins.
Co.,
. 30 Cal. 2d 165 (1947) .............................................................................................................. 14
Paul
v.
Watchtower Bible & Tract Society
of
New York, Inc.,
819 F.2d 875 (9th Cir. 1987) ...................................................................................................
18
Peregrine Funding,
Inc.
v.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP,
133 Cal. App. 4th 658 (2005) ..................................................................................................
12
Defendants' Joint Motion For Summary Judgment On Ground That Statutes
Of
Limitations
Bar
The Action

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