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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Church of Scientology scriptural documents are not a trade secret and can be used in a splinter church’s activities. The ruling means that the church cannot legally prevent the Church of the New Civilization from utilizing materials allegedly taken from Scientology’s Denmark offices. In 1985, Scientologists sued the Santa Barbara-based New Civilization group in federal court under anti-racketeering statutes to prevent the use of their material. New Civilization denies that the materials were stolen, but its officials contend that founder David Mayo memorized the documents when he was an active Scientologist. Mayo was unavailable for comment.


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