Apparent reason for the 2007 COP modification

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Apparent reason for the 2007 COP modification

Unread post by Ockham » Thu May 14, 2015 3:52 am

The 2007 COP states that even stuff you think you heard from Ramtha, even in a dream, belongs to JZK. JZK lost a case to former ramster Joseph Glandon in 2005 on the basis that Glandon claimed the information he was writing about came directly to him from Ramtha in a dream.

Quote below is from an old FACTNET posting.
Here is another article on the court case.

http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_t...mp;file=981110


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No. 22361-9, JZK, INC. v. JOSEPH GLANDON
No. 21266-8, STATE OF WASHINGTON, RESPONDENT v. MATTHEW L. DRAGOO, APPELLANT
No. 22361-9, JZK, INC. v. JOSEPH GLANDON
Nature of Case:
Appeal of trial court's finding that a publication written by the respondent neither amounted to libel nor violated Washington State's anti-dilution statute.

Facts
The appellant operates Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, which teaches its members about the spiritual beliefs of Ramtha; purportedly a male spiritual entity who lived 35,000 years ago. Ramtha's comments are channeled today by Judy Z. Knight. Joseph Glandon attended Ramtha's School of Enlightenment from 1990 to 1993.

"Ramtha" is a trademark of J Z Knight registered in Washington State and in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. "Ramtha Dialogues" is also a trademark owned by J Z Knight and registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The teachings of Ramtha have been recorded on audio and video cassettes and sold world-wide by the Ramtha School of Enlightenment.

In November, 1994, Glandon distributed and advertised a publication describing the secret sexual practices implied by the teachings of Ramtha. The document was advertised in The Olympian newspaper. The appellant alleges that the respondent's publication misrepresented Ramtha's beliefs, and that the assertions injure the Ramtha's School of Enlightenment's business success and reputation. Further the appellant argues that Glandon's publication tarnished and diluted the value of J Z Knight's trademarks.

Glandon notes that any representations he made about Ramtha came directly from communications he had with Ramtha through dreams and other mind communications.

The trial court was unable to determine whether Glandon's opinions are false. But, it ruled that the publication amounts to a nonactionable opinion. It also stated that the appellant failed to prove that its business was damaged by Glandon's writings.

Issues:
1. Whether the trial court erred in finding that the respondent's publication did not amount to libel.
2. Whether the trial court erred in concluding that Washington State's anti-dilution statute does not apply, because the appellant failed to prove it was damaged.

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