APn 05/30 1359 ELN--Candidate Sued SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Werner Erhard and Associat
APn 05/30 1359 ELN--Candidate Sued
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Werner Erhard and Associates have
filed a $5 million lawsuit against a congressional candidate
who's opposing Erhard's brother in a Republican primary next
Erhard is the founder of the est program. His brother, Nathan
Rosenberg, is among those opposing Christopher Cox in the primary
for the 40th Congressional District seat.
The suit claims that criticism of est training by Cox was
libelous and slanderous.
The lawsuit focuses on statements about est contained in
110,000 brochures mailed to Orange County residents this month
and alleged telephone calls by Cox's campaign workers asking
voters whether they would support a candidate if he were linked
to a "cult" organization.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court, is
"baseless and groundless," said Bob Schuman, Cox's campaign
The brochure quoted a Los Angeles Magazine article as saying
that the Chicago-based Cult Awareness Network has called est and
other Erhard programs "destructive cults."
Cox's mailer is similar to one used in 1986 by the district's
incumbent, Rep. Robert Badham. Badham apologized and retracted
his statements in 1986 after Werner Erhard and Associates
threatened a lawsuit.
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