Moxon & Kobrin

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Moxon & Kobrin is a "captive" law firm of the Church of Scientology, meaning that it has no other clients apart from Scientology-affiliated entities. Its headquarters are located in the Wilshire Center Building in Wilshire Center, Los Angeles, California,[1][2][3] consisting of Kendrick Moxon, Helena Kobrin, and Ava Paquette.

The firm is best known for being church staff and attorneys for the Church of Scientology, working for the Religious Technology Center, which controls the trademarks of Scientology and the copyright of the works of L. Ron Hubbard.

History[edit]

Kendrick Moxon holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from George Mason University.[4] Before becoming Scientology's lead in-house attorney, he worked in the Church's Guardian's Office (subsequently usurped by the Office of Special Affairs) under Mary Sue Hubbard. During Operation Snow White, in which eleven Scientologists pleaded guilty or were convicted in federal court, Moxon was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator[5] for providing false handwriting samples to the FBI[6] in response to a Grand Jury subpoena.[7] According to the Phoenix New Times, Moxon has stated that "he didn't knowingly supply false handwriting samples and that the stipulation of evidence was something signed by church officials but written by FBI agents. He says the matter was thoroughly investigated by two bar associations – in D.C. and in California – before they admitted him as an attorney. Moxon is in good standing with the bar associations in both jurisdictions."[6]

Helena Kempner Kobrin (born April 27, 1948) received her B.A. at Hofstra University and her J.D. at Seton Hall University. She was admitted to the bar in 1978, and at the California bar in 1991. She caused controversy on usenet in the mid-1990s when she tried to get the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology shut down,[8] and later e-mailed legal warnings to participants who had quoted as few as six lines of Scientology texts.[9]

Notable cases[edit]

  • Frank Oliver, a former member of the Office of Special Affairs, alleged that he worked with Kendrick Moxon and others in a campaign against the Cult Awareness Network (CAN). Plaintiffs were recruited to participate in litigation which ultimately forced the CAN into bankruptcy.[10]
  • In 2002 Moxon & Kobrin served notice to search engine Google, demanding that Operation Clambake be removed from their search listings. They alleged that the site "contains literally hundreds of our clients' copyrighted works and federally registered trademarks."[11] Among the specific Church documents they objected to xenu.net's coverage of were those dealing with Dead Agenting, Fair Game, Security Check Children, Xenu, Helatrobus, and various other Scientology Space Opera doctrines of ancient alien civilizations.[12] Google temporarily complied but eventually restored most of xenu.net's pages back to their results.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Office Space." Wilshire Center Business Improvement District. Retrieved on January 19, 2011. "3055 Wilshire Blvd. Wilshire Center Bldg."
  2. ^ "Maps." Wilshire Center Business Improvement District. Retrieved on January 19, 2011. Boundaries shown are a line immediately south of West 8th Street, a line west of South Wilton Place, a line north of West Third Street, and a line east of South Hoover Street, so that buildings on both sides of the streets are in the district. The district boundaries have squared edges, including the buildings at the edges.
  3. ^ "Case No. BS 116340 Case No. BS 116339." Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles. Retrieved on January 19, 2011. "3055 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 900 Los Angeles, CA 90010"
  4. ^ Davis, Derek; Hankins, Barry (2004). New Religious Movements and Religious Liberty in America. Baylor University Press. p. 228. ISBN 0-918954-92-4. 
  5. ^ United States of America [USA] v. Mary Sue Hubbard, et al.. 1979a. "Response to Informal Bill of Particulars." United States District Court: Columbia . No. 78-401. January 11. p. 7. As cited in Kent, Stephen A.; Krebs, Theresa (1988). "When Scholars Know Sin: Alternative Religions and Their Academic Supporters". Skeptic 6 (3): 36–44. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  6. ^ a b Ortega, Tony (1999-12-23). "Double Crossed". Phoenix New Times (New Times Media). Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Both sides agreed in the 'Stipulation of Evidence' that ... he [Moxon] had stated that ... the nine pages of appended handwriting were those of Mr. Meisner. However ... Mr. Moxon had been directed to supply the government with fake handwriting samples in lieu of Mr. Meisner's true handwriting exemplars." United States of America [USA] v. Mary Sue Hubbard, et al. 1979b. "Stipulation of Evidence." United States District Court: District of Columbia . Criminal No. 78-401. October 25. p. 212-214. As cited in Kent, Stephen A.; Krebs, Theresa (1988). "When Scholars Know Sin: Alternative Religions and Their Academic Supporters". Skeptic 6 (3): 36–44. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  8. ^ Grossman, Wendy (October 1997) [1997]. "Copyright Terrorists". Net.Wars. New York: New York University Press. pp. 77–78. ISBN 0-8147-3103-1. Retrieved 2006-06-11. 
  9. ^ Prendergast, Alan (1995-10-04). "Stalking the Net". Westword (Village Voice Media). Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  10. ^ Ortega, Tony (1999-12-23). "Double Crossed". Phoenix New Times. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  11. ^ Cease and Desist letter, Chilling Effects, Google Asked to Delist Scientology Critics (#1)
  12. ^ Chart of Xenu claimed infringement, Notice 232, hosted at Chilling Effects

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