Landmark Education litigation
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In about a dozen instances LE has initiated actions to defend itself against what it perceives as malicious or negligent defamatory comments. Critics of Landmark have portrayed these actions as an assault on Free Speech or an attempt to suppress legitimate comment, whereas LE has insisted that it only seeks to have inaccurate statements corrected and to protect its products from unfair disparagement.
There have been two cases where actions have been brought against LE alleging harmful results from Landmark’s training programs; and one alleging assault by a member of the company’s staff, but none of these resulted in a ruling in favor of the plaintiff.
Landmark Education was also mentioned in two cases where actions had been brought against employers who, it was claimed, had forced their staff to participate in Landmark training programs. In neither case was the accusation upheld by the court.
Landmark actions for alleged defamation
Cases in Europe
The deputy mayor of Montreuil, who served as the vice-president of the Parliamentary Commission on Cults in France (Commission parlementaire sur les sectes en France), was sued in 2004 by Landmark after appearing on the documentary Voyage au pays des nouveaux gourous.
Cases alleging adverse effects of Landmark programs
Been vs. Weed and Landmark Education Corporation (2002, 2006)
In 2002 the Jeanne Been vs. Jason Weed came before a court, with Landmark Education as a cross-defendant. Jason Weed had experienced a psychotic episode shortly after taking the "Landmark Advanced Course", and shot and killed a letter-carrier, Robert Jenkins, on December 12, 2001. The court found Jason Weed not guilty by reason of insanity. Both the family of the deceased Robert Jenkins and the attorneys for Jason Weed contended that the Landmark Education seminar had driven Weed insane,
- "File:2004 Landmark v Ross complaint.pdf - Wikimedia Commons". Commons.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- "File:2004 Landmark v Ross answer.pdf - Wikimedia Commons". Commons.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- Palmer, Susan (2011-09-23). The New Heretics of France: Minority Religions, la Republique, and the Government-Sponsored War on Sects. Oxford UP. pp. 27, 186. ISBN 9780199875993.
- Marshall, Nicole (April 4, 2004). "Suit targets firm in postal killing". The Tulsa World. "The lawsuit claims that Jason Weed was driven insane by his treatment during a motivational seminar. Attorneys for Jason Weed and the family of the Tulsa postman he killed agree on one thing — that a motivational seminar he attended days before the shooting drove him insane, according to a pending civil suit."
- Suits Against Anti-Cult Blogger Provide Test for Online Speech, Charles Toutant, New Jersey Law Journal, January 10, 2006, includes Landmark Education's response at bottom, from General Counsel Art Schreiber