Daniel Montalvo Cases Are Settled

references: Daniel Montalvo vs. Church of Scientology, et al, and Free Daniel Montalvo

Daniel Montalvo recently settled his lawsuits with Corporate Scientology entities.  The terms of the settlement were not particularly favorable to Daniel, but the settlement provides him: a)  protection from future liability for having taken computer hard drives with him when he left Corporate Scientology, and b) a little something to make his transition into outside life a bit easier.

When I originally posted about the lawsuits in early March 2011, I posted the following comment in response to a number of comments speculating how the suits would accomplish sweeping effects:

I have noted a number of comments speculating on strategies and potential outcomes. I think people should know that this case is Daniel Montalvo’s. His lawyer is a consumate, ethical professional. He is representing Daniel and ONLY Daniel. I am confident that he will do everything in his power to make his client whole ensuring he has the best chance possible for living a productive, fullfilling life. That is his obligation, no other. Whatever path this case takes the fact of it being brought, and hopefully the fact of it resulting in a wrong being justly remedied, will serve as benefit to the public at large and others similarly situated. Anything beyond that is of no concern to me. I would hope others will grant Daniel and his counsel that space and power of choice.

Daniel and his counsel did not consult with me about the settlement before entering into it as was their privilege.  They both felt that under the circumstances, and given the opponent they were facing, they did the right thing for Daniel at that juncture of the litigation.  What they ran into was precisely what Mike Rinder and I informed them they would prior to filing suit; something I don’t think either of them fully appreciated at that time. Nonetheless, having learned the circumstances after the fact, I believe Daniel was well served by his counsel Kit Winter.  Given the hand he was dealt Kit pulled off a minor miracle.

To those who donated to get Daniel out of jail and the charges against him dropped, your intention was fully accomplished.  Corporate Scientology officially dropped charges against Daniel.  To all of you, thank you very much, and very well done.

While Corporate Scientology expressly reserved the right to continue to come after me for something Daniel testified truthfully under oath that I had nothing to do with, you probably already know my response to that: “make my day.”

While Daniel handled his suit as I noted he should in the italicized passage above, he and Kit provided a great service to all of us. They kept the Corporate Scientology legal battalions pinned down for several months; obsessed with staving off Kit and Daniel’s advance made many other advances across the world possible.

Thanks to everybody who contributed, not just money but their time, their homes, their food, their vehicles, themselves.  You truly are appreciated.

80 responses to “Daniel Montalvo Cases Are Settled

  1. Well Done Daniel and all those involved with helping him through this. Lawsuits are tough things in that they tie up an awful lot of attention and theta. Now you’re done and can get on with your life. It was your decision to end it and that’s no small matter……..to end it at cause. You’ve got your theta, your life, your freedom and maybe a bit of money too. Take a big win. Onward!

  2. Daniel and others,

    While it’s always tempting to hope for a huge lawsuit settlement, I’ve seen throughout my life that it’s often the better side of wisdom to get THE thing you were fighting for — your life NOT behind bars — and just walk away when that (and some pin money) is accomplished.

    I’ve seen too many people tie up the better part of their lives, suing to break a trust fund, suing an employer they felt harmed them — suing, suing, suing all with that GOLDEN LOTTERY promise of the big bucks.

    YOU will make more money in your life time by stepping quietly into life and finding something that starts out as a spark of interest and grows into a passion … this takes some time and being free from the potential death trap of corporate scientology — you are on your way.

    May you be happy, may you be free from suffering
    and may you dwell with equanimity

    With love,
    Windhorse

    • Always the higher, more noble road, WH. Thank you. My family has experienced the sort of travail associated with these lawsuits.

      I would like to know if there is a part of your Buddhist teachings that parallels the Code of Honor.

      Bruce

    • Dear Daniel, WindHorse,

      I second WindHorse’s statements. You need and deserve a life filled with choices and opportunities that can fulfill you. I hope your pin money is sufficient to get you through whatever steps it takes for you to become established in your new life. This is a very large playing field and every player needs to do their own part, and they are the only ones to know what that is. Overall it is a war, individually there are battles. Congratulations on winning yours. I wish you the best of everything good life has to offer you in the years you have ahead of you.

  3. This is great news the Daniel Montalvo cases are settled!

    I was only lurking when Daniel’s name and plight hit the blog. But it was enough of a plight to get me to originate help. What a breakthrough!

    Since that time, it’s been quite an evolution to continually “move on up a little higher.” Nevertheless, we do it day in and day out.

    Thank you Daniel and all concerned! L, Rachel

  4. Marty,

    I was one of those people who donated a good piece of change to help Daniel when he first escaped. Now what I feel I don’t know if whether Daniel had to throw you or any other Independent Scn’ist under the bus to get here? Under what circumstances would he be paid money unless it was to NOT communicate what he knew that could be damaging to cob and his mob or TO communicate something about you and/or Mike or any other Independent that made cob’s mouth water and hands wring at what he could do with that info. I’m just saying that so far this data isn’t making me feel like it’s a completed cycle and these are the points as to why.

    • Nasty bit of propaganda you have going there, Troublemaker.

      Michael A. Hobson
      Independent Scientologist

      • Hobson, just FYI, I happen to know that Troubleshooter is a decent person and very much an Independent Scientologist. Her comment is sincere. I think you might have missed something in Marty’s post.

        • Christie: OK, but Troubleshooters comment reads to me like an attempted smear against Danny, otherwise I wouldn’t have written as I did.

          Michael A. Hobson
          Independent Scientologist

      • Hobs,

        Read Marty’s post in detail. There is obviously much more to this than is directly stated and, if or when the time is right and appropriate, I am sure we will be appraised. Much is stated by Marty between the lines, as I am sure you have noticed in your time on his blog.

        I think trouble shooters comment is appropriate given details to hand, and that she has a right to at least vent the question considering her involvement and obvious significant support. I too look forward to learning whatever details may arise.

        • Regarding Daniel, I hope you find the peace and stability with which to build a foundation for your life, one that brings you meaning, learning and satisfaction.

          Regarding Kit. I view attorneys today as a mixture of pirates and knights, tremendous good and bad can be accomplished with the trade, swords and cannon replaced with legal rulings and lawsuits. When a person stands up, using their power and influence in an attempt to do good, without promise of personal gain, especially in this profession, it exemplifies traits that make me feel better about the future of humanity. Thank you.

    • You are not alone in that. and I salute you for bearing your soul. Maybe you need to ponder some more on it.

      I feelk Danïel had many unfinished cycles on many of his Dynamics while he was in. Now he gets to start some by his own choosing.

    • It is a completed cycle for him. The purpose for which I asked for donations was to DEFEND Danny. That was unequivocally accomplished. As for me and the handful of others intimately involved in helping him escape both prisons he wound up in, we’ll never be a completed cycle for Miscavige until we are dead in his estimation. Personally, I knew Corporate Scientology would never settle without something (manufactured though it would have to be) to go after me with – and advised Danny and his counsel of this from the word go. Still I posted this from the outset of the civil case, and remained true to it:
      I have noted a number of comments speculating on strategies and potential outcomes. I think people should know that this case is Daniel Montalvo’s. His lawyer is a consumate, ethical professional. He is representing Daniel and ONLY Daniel. I am confident that he will do everything in his power to make his client whole ensuring he has the best chance possible for living a productive, fullfilling life. That is his obligation, no other. Whatever path this case takes the fact of it being brought, and hopefully the fact of it resulting in a wrong being justly remedied, will serve as benefit to the public at large and others similarly situated. Anything beyond that is of no concern to me. I would hope others will grant Daniel and his counsel that space and power of choice.
      As I noted in the instant post, I was not consulted on all this. That I know as much as I do – and have communicated here – I am sure is the subject of coast to coast sec checks at the moment in Corporate Scientology. It is risky business confronting a sociopath like Miscavige and his destructive cult. But I try to keep my eye on the bigger picture – and that is why my post is presented in the manner that it is. In the broad scheme of things, Independents as a whole are far better off for Daniel’s efforts and our efforts to assist him, regardless of his personal motivations, his gratitude or lack thereof, and the potential consequences to me and the posse. Fortunately, we are all from the school of the hard knocks, so whatever they throw at us that doesn’t kill us just makes us that much stronger.

      • That is my exact conclusion on the situation. A now completed cycle of action. It did work out in Daniel’s favor completely if he is protected from any kind of future harm that organization or its deranged members might pose. End of story.🙂

      • Nice to have completion on Daniel Montalvo achieving fundamental justice and being given a chance to start a life. Kudos to all who stood up for that.

        I admire the grace of the this announcement by Rathbun. It may not be the perfect outcome, principle (Fairness) and persons (Daniel, Kit and others) and justice above and beyond self are celebrated.

        Sorry to hear about the thorns that taint it–>

        Marty Rathbun wrote:

        While Corporate Scientology expressly reserved the right to continue to come after me for something Daniel testified truthfully under oath that I had nothing to do with, you probably already know my response to that: “make my day.”

        Then again, the world sees now. Let the record note Corporate Scientology is up to business as usual: coercive, unethical, dishonest tricks. If corporate corruption is stupid enough to belly-crawl on this again, it will make a lot of peoples day.

      • I admire your application of *What is Greatness * Marty.

      • Marty,

        Your sentiment here, not merely with your words, but more with your walk and the way you choose to live your life today is much of why I am honored to consider you a friend.

      • Marty,

        I was very happy and will always be happy to help defend an adolescent (under 18) from abuses and control of Corporate Scientology. And, I am glad to hear all this came to a conclusion rapidly. Danny is now over 18 and can move on with his life… which is very good indeed.

        As you know, when you are young (under 18), the State has an obligation protect it’s youngsters when their parent’s fail to do so. Which is the story of Danny.

        A civil compromise in an abused youngster’s innocent life vs a manipulative $ billion cult should deserve a second view… a criminal view in my opinion. The FBI can collect the data in Danny’s case and move forward.

        God knows, I could never have stood up against the Co$ when I was 18.

        Anyway, count me “in” on any help with criminal investigations of what Corporate Scientology did to Danny and other youngsters. This is a pattern with young people and I am sure there are more abuse reports. Danny and others like him may have been abused, but they are not forgotten or alone, thanks to you Marty.

      • Thank you Marty for the further information. It gives me some peace of mind to know. Daniel found himself between the rock and a hard place and then of course there were lawyers involved . . .

        These words “if it doesn’t kill us it will make us stronger” are words of true wisdom and reflect my sentiments exactly. I’d like to share one of my very favorites, “On the day when we can fully trust each other there will be peace on Earth”.

        I wish this for us all.

        The first time I saw this was in a Christmas card. Since then it’s the first thing that comes to my mind when the peace has been disturbed. These words summarize LRH’s works for me. His his reasons, motives, objectives, purposes and goals. I share it with him and all of you who are motivated to greater or lesser degrees to make it so. That includes being able to spot and ferret out where it isn’t being contributed to, that’s just called survival for me and those who share the altertness.

        I wish Daniel well and hope he finds peace as he creates life. He’s in many ways a child yet he’s been through enough in this youthful stage of life to qualify him as an old man by now. He’ll do fine.

        and you’re still here Marty so you must be feeling like a superhero by now!!! Hell at this point King Kong has NOTHING on you.

        Jack Sparrow

    • The way you put that is a bit frightening. It reminds me of COB saying “What would people do if they ever got their hands on this tech”? Well no need to ask that question any more. As Tory Christman might say, “If little Davey were to pull his head out of his once in a while he might just learn something”. That girl. They don’t make em’ like that any more!🙂

  5. Thanks for the news on this Marty. And here’s wishing Daniel all the best as he puts this ugliness behind him.

  6. I’m glad that he is out of trouble.

    I hope his silence was not part of the agreement.

  7. Congratulations Daniel! You can now live a normal and free life🙂

    /Mattias

  8. Well done Daniel and Kit!
    A win is a win no-matter the size.
    Breaking away from the mental bondage of the ‘church’ and from any future suppression thereof is a rare gift that many have yet to find for themselves.
    Fly high and free.
    Miscavige – feel free to blame Marty for your problems and continue to not-is the fact that you have made far greater and far worse enemies for yourself by your betrayal of LRH, Scientology and the Church. At the end of the day you will be friendless and alone with nothing but a rock to suppress and a mirror you can never dare look into. Sad. I wouldn’t wish that fate upon anyone.

    • Maybe Marty or Jim Logan will take pity on you and come and dig you out. Someday.

    • “a mirror you can never dare look into”

      And i thought Vampires didn’t have reflections!!

      Spectrophobia (from Latin: spectrum, “ghost”) is a kind of specific phobia involving a morbid fear of mirrors and one’s own reflections.

  9. Hi Daniel. Well done on closing that chapter of your life.

    Onward and upward from here.

    Seems you have many good folks around you to give you guidance and support when you need it.

  10. VVWD Daniel and Kit.

    Daniel, may you flourish and proper in all you do. Your life is now completely in your hands.

    Ed

  11. Yay Daniel! I’m glad you’re free from hell and can live your life the way YOU want to without the Corporate church coming after you. Good luck in all your endeavors. You’ve got great things ahead. I mean, you only escaped not long ago and it can take a while to adjust to the real world, I know. I’m only an instant message away if you ever wanna come on down.😀

  12. Congratulations Daniel.

  13. I wish him well, may he have a good life.

    “you probably already know my response to that: “make my day.” ”

    Way to go. That’s Moxon wa speaking I think always looking for a hole to slitter in keeping all his sleezy lawyer options open.

  14. Well done Daniel. I guess that finalizes your escape. Hopefully you will someday be able to speak with your parents again despite the evil intentions and actions of the cult.

    Thank you Marty for all the information that you post.

  15. I’m glad for you Daniel. You’re free to make a better life and lives.

  16. Not to take attention away from Daniel’s win for a moment I want to comment on another issue/person written about in this blog earlier. I own and operate an airport and taxi bus in the Clearwater and Beaches area. Yesterday I took an individual named Roe Hubbard (no relation to THE MAN) who, along with two others are to co-hosts of an up-coming Reality Show called “Car-Lot Cowboy.”
    Two years ago George Clooney did a movie called “Up In The Air.” This was based on the real-life events of Tom Stuker who has 10 million air miles in the seat. In the movie he flies in to fire people. In real life he’s an auto consultant. When Spike TV discovered this they approached him on a Reality show. One day he inadvertently opened his mouth and Grant Cardone caught wind of this, stole the idea, raced to copy it approaching Nat-Geo, a smaller network, to slam something into production. (Spike TV committed to 8 episodes believing they’ve got a home-run). Well for Grant Cardone’s fan’s it’s not a good day. His show tanked after just 2 episodes and has been pulled off the air. People in the industry know Grant’s was a rip-off idea and glad to see it go the route it did.

    • Great transporter — keep us posted.

    • transporter,
      Thanks for the story. I took a taxi for many years from the Clearwater airport to Flag when I came for services. Pleasant memories.
      GMW

    • Great news. Happy to hear Grant got cancelled!!
      Grant….YOUR FIRED!!! LOL!!

    • Well, that little glee fest between Grant Cardone and his corporate Miscavige handlers thinking they had pulled one over bamboozling National Geographic and getting that show on was short lived. Thank heaven!

      National Geographic is so much better than the greasy Cardone brand! Grant Cardone in his current condition is the perfect spokesperson for the corporate empire of Corporate Scientology: a money-grubbing, oily, slick, arrogant, insincere, manipulative, two-faced B-S.er! So NOT National Geo and so NOT humanity and Life!

      Hooray, good news, one bit of pollution off the airwaves and now that TV station doesn’t have the liability of the nefarious convoluted schemes and OSA (Official of Special Affairs) black operations that came with Grant Cardone. Haha! Cardone the Scientology Trojan Horse. Bet on it!

      The corporate Scientology OSA operations ran on getting moles in South Park television (just google South Park Scientology mole) is the tip of the iceberg. Take heed, world!

    • Nat-Geo is part of the New Corp (FOX) channels (think News of the World). Grant Cordone fits right in with the company’s sketchy ethics. BTW – I watched Grant’s show and it looked contrived and really not very believable. I would have rather watched someone who really is innovative in the business world, like Steve Jobs.

  17. Also, Google “Car Lot Cowboy” to see this concept in print.

  18. A ‘settlement’ by its very definition is an agreement to give something up in exchange for something else that is worth enough that you are willing to give up the first thing.

    Settlements are always pragmatic.

    Settlements always involve a compromise of one’s original point of view.

    In a settlement, you never get everything you wanted … you judge that you got enough to justify giving up what you gave up.

    Often-times settlements come about because one party is a lot bigger, has a much larger ‘war chest’, has better lawyers, can hold out for a lot longer.

    And, sometimes, settlements leave one party in a worse state than when they started, but a better state (from their point of view) than they were likely to end up in if the matter were ‘taken to the mat’.

    It is impossible for anyone who has not actually seen the settlement document, and been intimately involved in the settlement negotiations and evaluatiions, to offer any useful comment on whether the settlement was a “good one”.

    If Daniel voluntarily agreed to the settlement, after a thorough vetting with his attorney, as a choice he felt was in his best interests, overall … Great! That’s all that counts, actually.

  19. Best of luck Daniel, only you know if the cycle is truly complete for you. You have the finest auditors and ethics officers on the planet on your comm lines, you’re doing something very right on that aspect alone, flourish and prosper.

  20. Bravo! Excellent news!

    To me, the betrayal and arrest of Danny was a huge indicator of how rotten things are in the CofM. It was so underhanded and incredibly petty that it just about made me sick.

    Danny – great news! I am glad you worked this out. My hope for you is that you are able to reunite with your parents as soon as possible. Hopefully, they will see the light before long, either independently, or when they see Mr David Miscavige doing the perp-walk into Federal or State prison.

  21. I’m glad Daniel is free of that scene now!

    Time to move on forward.

  22. Daniel, great!
    we are really happy you came out as a winner on this.
    You were a winner anyhow because what you did and confronted only a great being could have done and confronted.
    May your life be the best you had so far!

  23. one of those who see

    Hi Daniel,
    Glad you have a done. Wishing you sunny skies ahead!

  24. being OUT of the clutches and suppression of Corp Scientology is really your big win. So you won the moment you left, freedom began the moment you left.

    now you have real friends by your sie.

    Congrats!

  25. Daniel,
    I don’t know if part of your settlement was to abstain from Marty’s blog or not, and I hope you read this. Between you and I (I figure you’ll appreciate the sardonic humor), you can at least state truthfully you gave Dave the finger.

    Dave, take whatever win you think you get from this case. It is a primary law of life in among the MEST, when you win you lose. You just keep racking up the losses and all the while figure you’re winning.

    • Jim,

      There’s one thing that I know we can bank on and that is that the sociopath in charge, CoP,, yes CoP, will continue his guaranteed path to self-induced destruction.

      He’s one bona fide missed withhold. And, of course, more………….

      By the way, CoP is an acronym for CASE ON POST. Nobody does it better.

      Although the intent of the following song is being slightly twisted, there’s a message to Dave inside………..

  26. Congratulations Daniel and all who helped.
    The *Theta* release from untangling with a brutal organized
    crime machine is worth a toast !
    Happy Days and Bright Blessings !
    ✩ ♥ ❀ ♫ ☺ ❀. ♥ ♪ ☼ ♪ ☼ !!

  27. Congratulations Daniel and good job Kit.

    Here’s to building a new life!

    Cheers,

    Scott

  28. What kind of organization would tarnish a young man’s record with a trumped up charge, just out of spite?

    Corporate Miscavology.

    No Ethics change.
    No Case Gain.

    Thanks for going to bat, Danny. May you have a long and productive life.

    As a note to lurkers, if you check the news you will see that St. Paul’s Cathedral in London just decided to drop all legal action against the protestors camped on their steps. They are seeking to engage them directly in dialogue. Now, why can’t Scn Inc do that? Surely it isn’t because they have lost the ability to communicate?

  29. Daniel — Well done. Bravo.

    I view yours and Mr Winter’s actions according to these words from LRH:

    “If you believed man was worthy enough to be granted by you sufficient stature so as to permit you to exercise gladly the Code of Honor, I can guarantee that you would be a happy person. And if you found an occasional miscreant falling away from the best standards you have developed, you yet did not turn away from the rest of man, and if you discovered yourself betrayed by those you were seeking to defend and yet did not then experience a complete reversal of opinion about all your fellow men, there would be no dwindling spiral for you.

    “The only difference between paradise on Earth and hell on Earth is whether or not you believe your fellow man worthy of receiving from you the friendship and devotion called for in this Code of Honor.”

    5 Never need praise, approval or sympathy.

    6 Never compromise with your own reality.

    7 Never permit your affinity to be alloyed.

    8 Do not give or receive communication unless you yourself desire it.

    9 Your self-determinism and your honor are more important than your immediate life.

    10 Your integrity to yourself is more important than your body.

    11 Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.

    12 Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.

    13 Don’t desire to be liked or admired.

    14 Be your own adviser, keep your own counsel and select your own decisions.

    15 Be true to your own goals.

    Bruce Pratt

    • Bruce, Marty…

      The Code of honor… The very last thing I did before I walked away from my nightmare was copy The Code of Honor onto a scrap of paper… I still have that piece of paper today… Danny… If you remember nothing else of Ron’s writings… try to remember that one… And God speed!xx

    • Bruce Pratt,

      Sometimes it’s good to be reminded. Thanks.

  30. Daniel, you have your whole life ahead of you. Thank you Marty for the help you gave him and any others who gave money and time.

    thank you Marty

  31. Congrats Daniel!
    Marty – you are a really big being. HUGE.

  32. #Occupy Scientology

    Reading between the lines. and based on observation of how litigation goes with the Co$, If the charges were dropped, and he was guaranteed immunity from further prosecution, and he told the truth previously under oath, well, fairly obvious what happened. The Co$ let the little fish off the hook, in exchange for something from him that they think they can use to go after the big fish. Nuff said.

    Danny is a brave young man, and I am happy for him that he has managed to disentangle himself from this, even if it came at a price. He has his whole life ahead of him, to regain the years of his youth he lost in that slave camp. We can only wish him well, that he flourishes and propsers in life. I wish him all the love in the world.

    Marty is a truly, truly great person, knowing what he knows, to be able to wish young Daniel well, and for having helped him in the first place. Marty values the young, protects them. Does not use them for his own ends. Marty displays the social personality toward the young.

    Contrast that with a ruthless, anti-social Cult that has no conscience about eating its young, and the picture is clear. If they go after Marty with what they got out of Daniel, they will only end up proving much of what they would not want proven, but they are too damn dark to even see that.

    This, however, clrearly blasts away the few critics who say there is no difference between Corporate Scientologists and Independent Scientologists, that it is just two groups of Scientologists fighting with each other for power.

    THIS clearly shows the massive, difference. Marty demonstrates protectiveness, forgiveness and understanding to a brave young man, even though he knows this young man was used to get at him later (but that will definitely be a footbullet). The Independents, some of whom have cottoned on to what has happened also wish Daneil well.

    Miscavige ruthlessly and shamelessly went after this young man with everything he had, not caring how much he hurt or harmed him.

    My god, what a contrast. After this, no-one can ever have any grounds to say that the Independents are the same as the Corporates.

    Marty – Respek. Thank you.

  33. Well done Daniel and all who supported the fight!
    With the way the CoS stacks the deck court vivtories are always difficult, however the battle for Hearts and Minds are done out of the courtroom in the public arena of the media and internet, nobody likes Goliath beating up on David, the CoS and DM tactics of trying to play the victim have lost ground!!

    On that note Bryan Seymour’s lateast offering onn Today tonight Wednesday 2 Oct is another kick where it hurts the disfunctional ‘Church’, the Hearts and Minds are swaying against the abuses of DM et al!!!

    https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/david-miscavige-and-tom-cruise-psychopath-and-his-movie-star-pal/

  34. Congratulations Daniel!
    I noticed in your picture that you had a “Golden Age of Knowledge” tote bag.
    You can now enter the real “Golden Age of Knowledge” with the Independent Movement. Mr. Miscavige has “The Golden Age of Ignorance”. You have now left that darkness behind.

    May you be well and happy!
    GMW

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