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]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Marc Headley v. Church of Scientology International

A potentially devastating lawsuit [PDF] was filed by Marc Headley in Los Angeles County Court on January 5 against the Church of Scientology International (CSI), alleging that CSI violated California labor law by failing to pay Headley, and others similarly situated, minimum wage or for the overtime he routinely worked as an employee of Golden [...]

Scientology’s new anti-picketing ordinance in Riverside County

On January 6, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of the Church of Scientology, will vote on an ordinance that would criminalize certain tartgeted picketing of residences. The ordinance is similar to one proposed and which failed to gain the necessary support only weeks ago.

As Eugene Volokh pointed out, Riverside’s original oridinance [...]

Former CIO sues Diskeeper claims he was fired for not participating in Scientology training

[Update: mirrored, and probably more reliable links for complaint and motion to strike. Ray Hill kindly mirrored the documents here, as well. ]

Alexander Godelman and Marc Le Shay, two Diskeeper employees (Godelman was CIO and Le Shay hired as the Automation Planning Officer) have filed a complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court alleging [...]

Sklar II Disappoints

The following was posted on the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology, but I’ll post here as well.

The Ninth Circuit finally, after 10 months, published its opinion in Sklar v. Commissioner, and I’m sad to say it disappoints. I wrote about the oral arguments in this case back in May, trying to read the tea leaves as to [...]