Scott Pilutik

I am an attorney and consultant living and working in Manhattan, focusing primarily on church/state constitutional law. I'm a recognized expert on the Church of Scientology organization. I also have strong interests in intellectual property law where it intersects with emerging media, and free speech.

I support the efforts of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, Creative Commons, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I am a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. I also enjoy (watching) hockey and (doing) photograhy.

Online I can be found on Facebook, Twitter. My resume can be viewed here. I can be reached by phone at 212.645.6241 or by e-mail at pilutik[at]

The Case for Inurement Against the Church of Scientology

In the wake of Lawrence Wright’s New Yorker article on Scientology in February 2011, additional allegations were revealed by Tony Ortega in the Village Voice that former Sea Org member John Brousseau had customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles belonging to Tom Cruise and David Miscavige and an S.U.V. belonging to Cruise – and this time there were [...]

Delorme McKee-Stovall and Santa Clara County – Defamation or False Light against Scientology protesters?

[UPDATED a/o 8:56 pm 2/28-- I've made some tweaks and corrections to this article, and may do so again, but the bulk will remain the same]

The “Network for a Hate Free Community” [site here] is an outgrowth of the County of Santa Clara, California, and headed by Delorme McKee-Stovall, who has taken up Scientology’s [...]

Diskeeper loses on Summary Judgment motion

On May 21, 2009, the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled against Diskeeper’s Motion for summary judgment in its case against Godelman and Le Shay, although it did find for Diskeeper in part by preemptively removing the availability of punitive damages from the case, likely to prompt settlement. Jury trial is now set for July 13, [...]

Resurrection Clause = Prosecutorial Misconduct?

I rarely dive into sensationalist crime but this story about a mother, Ria Ramkissoon, accused of starving her son to death at the suggestion and behest of her fellow cult members (because he failed begin his dinner with an “amen”) is interesting because of the unusual plea agreement into which she entered.

Members of the [...]

In defense of Thomas Mills and the judge who granted his wish that his children not be homeschooled

Some Christians are up in arms over a North Carolina family court’s order last week that mother Venessa Mills discontinue homeschooling her children and send them to public school instead. After reading the news coverage, and then reading the order [pdf], I think the court got it right, and for the right reasons, few of [...]

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Scientology by the Estate of Kyle Brennan

On February 6, 2007, Kyle Brennan, a disabled adult, left his Virginia home to visit his Scientologist father in Clearwater Florida. Eleven days later, he was dead. Three Scientologists, Denise Miscavige Gentile (twin sister of Scientology head David Miscavige), her husband Gerald Gentile, Thomas Brennan (Kyle’s father), and the Church of Scientology’s Flag Service Organization, [...]

Diskeeper responds to Godelman's opposition to motion to strike

I realize that we’re trundling on down the procedural rabbit hole here, and it’s pretty easy to get lost, so let me start by providing an enumerated roundup of where we are and how we got here.

1. In November, 2008, Godelman and Le Shay filed its 3d Amended Complaint, alleging wrongful termination [pdf] against [...]

Claire Headley v. CSI, RTC

Claire Headley ("Claire"), wife of Marc Headley ("Marc"), who recently filed a lawsuit alleging labor law violations (which I wrote about here), has followed up her husband’s lawsuit with a similar lawsuit of her own. Claire’s complaint (which I converted to html here–the pdf can be read here) makes allegations similar to those by her [...]

Veiled legal threats from Diskeeper

Yesterday I received what at first glance appeared to be a Cease and Desist from Diskeeper’s counsel, An Nguyen, in the Godelman v. Diskeeper case, about which I’ve posted here and here.

The letter (which can be read HERE [PDF]), implies that the material I’ve previously posted was confidential and that my posts contravene a [...]

Godelman and Le Shay Respond to Diskeeper’s Motion to Strike

“And I would like to state for the record that I object to having my religious beliefs held up to public ridicule and scorn by an officer of the court.” – Craig Jensen

“And anyone who objects and says, I’m not going to consider the Hubbard Management System; I’m not going to partipate in it [...]