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Scientology Lawsuit Against Drug Company’s Executive Dismissed

May 30, 1992 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A federal judge in Arlington, Va., on Friday dismissed a $20 million libel lawsuit the Church of Scientology had filed against an executive with Eli Lilly & Co., the maker of Prozac.

The lawsuit accused Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., a vice president of the Indianapolis-based pharmaceuticals company, of maligning the church in comments published in USA Today. The Arlington-based newspaper was not named as a defendant.

The church believes Prozac, an antidepressant, is unsafe and can lead to suicidal tendencies. Many members testified against the drug during hearings held last year by the Food and Drug Administration, which ruled Prozac safe.

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″One thing we want you to understand is that the Church of Scientology is no church. It’s a commercial enterprise ... It is organized for only one purpose, which is to make money,″ Daniels was quoted in the June 11, 1991 issue of USA Today.

The church’s president, the Rev. Heber C. Jentzsch, said Judge Albert V. Bryan’s decision would be appealed.

″The outcome of the suit was entirely appropriate,″ Daniels said.