Victory for JZK, Inc.

Ramtha School of Enlightenment Legal Affairs Manager Mike Wright smiles after emerging from the courtroom Friday. The judge granted JZK, Inc.'s motion for summary judgment.

A judge ruled in favor of JZK, Inc.'s lawsuit against former Ramtha School of Enlightenment student Virginia Coverdale Friday morning. The case will not proceed to a trial.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor granted a motion for summary judgment filed by JZK, Inc., and ruled against a motion from the defense.

Coverdale's lawyer, Breckan Scott, said her client intends to appeal the ruling.

Tabor also made permanent a temporary injunction imposed against Coverdale prohibiting the release of the initial video she posted, as well as any other proprietary material from the school.

The ruling concludes seven months of court proceedings, at times seeming to defy what Tabor has referred to as a "simple breach of contract case," with almost 375 court documents filed since the lawsuit was initiated, and consisting of "more hearings than I can count," he said.

Tabor said none of the issues brought up by Scott in her arguments were "legally sufficient" to grant the defense's motion.

He ruled Coverdale violated the Conditions of Participation contracts she signed as an RSE student in 2006 and 2007 when, in October 2012, she uploaded videos of Yelm channeler and JZK, Inc. President JZ Knight making disparaging remarks about Catholics, Jews and gays. The company has maintained that the remarks were taken out of context.

Tabor said the language of the contract was "sufficient to prevent this type of disclosure" of the company's proprietary material.

Tabor said protecting one's proprietary information is an important concern that may be addressed in a contract. Coverdale agreed not to disclose such information when she signed the contracts, he said.

Scott's motion for summary judgment centered on three claims: The Conditions of Participation contract is unconscionable; Coverdale didn't breach the contract; and JZK, Inc., breached the contract first, thereby excusing Coverdale from it.

Scott cited McKee v. AT&T Corporation, a Washington State Supreme Court ruling, as evidence that the court held "confidentiality provisions in consumer contracts are, as a matter of law, substantively unconscionable."

Tabor said McKee doesn't apply "to this particular situation."

Scott argued Coverdale never breached the contract, because it states that the prohibition on disseminating the school's material applies to "information and techniques taught here are for your knowledge only," and prohibits dissemination of "any information or techniques that you learn or are taught at the School … nor will you assist or facilitate other persons in doing so without the prior written consent of the School."

Scott said Coverdale did not receive the video from the school — Coverdale has said she received it anonymously in the mail on a flash drive — as she never attended an RSE event after 2010. The contract therefore doesn't apply, she argued.

She also argued that because the school's online live video streams — referred to as "livestreams" — didn't exist when Coverdale signed the contracts, they don't apply to the video Coverdale uploaded, which was a copy of a livestream event.

Tabor said Coverdale was an RSE student and signed a contract with the school, and agreed not to disseminate information from the school.

He also said whether the livestreams existed when Coverdale signed the contracts doesn't affect the validity of the contracts.

Scott argued Coverdale was no longer bound by the contract because she was removed from the school in 2008.

She cited an email sent Nov. 2, 2008, by RSE Event Services Manager Steve Klein on behalf of Knight to Coverdale.

The email read, "You are out of School. You will not be allowed to attend this Event (Nov. 5 Fall Follow-up or an Follow-up). Your School record indicates you have not paid any money for any 2008 Fall Follow-up and you will not be permitted to do so. You have achieved your goal. You got your Card. You made it to The Void. You took my sweet guy away from me. Congratulations. JZ Knight."

However, Coverdale attended RSE events after the email was sent — both in person and online — in 2009 and 2010.

Scott argued Coverdale was not informed the Conditions of Participation still applied when she began attending RSE events again, and was never asked to sign another one.

Tabor said the fact that Coverdale attended RSE events after the email indicated there was a still relationship between she and the school, and the contract still applied.

"We think the ruling was the right one, that what was at issue here was the contract itself and that Ms. Coverdale acknowledged that she broke it when she disseminated materials that belonged to the plaintiff," said Andrea McNeely, a lawyer for JZK, Inc. "We also feel very vindicated that this contract is fair — that's what the court said today — and that it's reasonable, and that it's a reasonable expectation for the school to expect people to abide by their promise when they go there."

Scott said she believes "this case has been tainted by JZK, Inc.'s clear misrepresentations since the beginning."

"Unfortunately the ruling today did not examine and recognize the true undisputed facts," she continued. "The contract says it is limited to information received while participating in events. It is undisputed that Virginia did not participate in the February 2012 (livestream) event. For that reason, and many other reasons, we are excited and confident bringing the issue before the court of appeals."

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(7) comments

eyeswideopen

And this has brought to light that all Judith Zebra Knight and RSE are, is a place for grifters. Taking money and property and saying they are channeling or able to help you win at lotto or gambling is such BS that we are glad all of this has been in our local news.

Jingz

The email read, "You are out of School. You will not be allowed to attend this Event (Nov. 5 Fall Follow-up or an Follow-up). Your School record indicates you have not paid any money for any 2008 Fall Follow-up and you will not be permitted to do so. You have achieved your goal. You got your Card. You made it to The Void. You took my sweet guy away from me. Congratulations. JZ Knight." kind of answers who the 'scorned' woman was doesn't it?

JA

No personal comments. Just suggest people around wondering about if allow theirselves to attend RSE, that before take for sure any comments/opinions as true that are published here on NVN or other media, below the articles, letters or news about Ramtha, JZ Knight or RSE's staff or students, please first read also the events, news, articles, etc., that are regularly publish at http://www.rse-newsletter.com, and if the disparaging comments/opinions comes specifically from any of the members of the known "Enlighten Me Free" group of former RSE students, or from Yelm's Pastor Jeff Adams, or Mrs. Virginia Coverdale, or those regular readers and commentors on NVN that always have a personal motive to publish their own personal experiences, impressions, opinions about them, just read also the resume about events that took place recently at the light of all eternity, that may be the real motive that impells them to be so active agains any or every of the members that integrates the RSE community, or against Ramtha or JZ. This is the specific link: http://www.rse-newsletter.com/2013/07/yelm-pastor-jeff-adams-motives-against-jzrse-revealed/ with the summarized story. JA Ayala. From Mexico. Current at RSE.

coverdalev

Yes it is personal. This women has conned and stolen and endangered and paid off people to cover her tracks. She has lied to people about "scientific studies" about "Omega" about "channeling Jesus" about Red Devil Lye being an elixir for enlightenment. People have been left broke, sick alienated from their families and have lost all ability to think critically. You should list the other 200 members plus who may be posting here about their experiences at RSE who are also trying to warn people about this dangerous organization. If you want their names ask RSE, between the subpoena- to-silence campaign and their infiltration of support group they have all the names. No one is afraid anymore however. We do not attack RSE members we expose the cult leader, and her unending lies. I have nothing but understanding since I was once brainwashed too however thanks to the people you have mentioned there is a lot more information out there now exposing this fraud than when I got trapped. I do find it difficult to understand how you can continue to justify the lies and bigotry. Thank you for your comment. It was respectful but very misguided. (by the way, please tell me how you as a Mexican can stomach her saying that Mexicans aren't worthy of conscious thought, they breed like rabbits". ? I guess you think you are not the Mexican she is talking about. How sad for you.

Jingz

For those of you wondering what's truth and what's fiction, go to the Ramtha newsletter for the facts ( Eyeroll). Which seems to be your problem as you need to step outside and read something outside of jz's library. And a full page ad? Hmmm, wasn't it JZ Knight, in her own personal column telling Pastor Jeff she had a myriad of ways to raise money and help people than to focus his energy on her cult? Look at your starving, house squatting, money scamming followers, take your full page ad money and help them out!!! Oh and we've seen your genius at raising money, it all around you, from the 12,800 sq ft mansion to the Bentleys in the garage! No wonder you're squeezing so tight to keep the circus in town!

JA

UPDATING MY PREVIOUS ENTRY:
No personal comments, everyones experiences are different. Just suggest people around wondering about if allow theirselves to attend RSE events, that before take for sure any comments/opinions as true that are published here on NVN or other media, below the articles, letters or news about Ramtha, JZ Knight or RSE's staff or Students, please, first read also the events, news, articles, etc., that are regularly publish at http://www.rse-newsletter.com, and if the disparaging comments/opinions comes specifically from any of the members of the already known "Enlighten Me Free" (EMF) group of formers students at RSE, or from Yelm's Pastor Jeff Adams, or Mrs. Virginia Coverdale, or those regular readers and commentors on NVN that always have a personal ulterior motive to publish their own personal experiences, points of view, impressions, opinions about US in a singularly often unfriendly manner, just read first before any own free decision about, the resume about events that took place at Yelm recently at the light of all eternity, that may be the real ulterior motive that impells them to be so active agains any or every of the members that integrates the RSE community, or against Ramtha or JZ. This is the specific link: http://www.rse-newsletter.com/2013/07/yelm-pastor-jeff-adams-motives-against-jzrse-revealed/ with the summarized story. Also You can ask to NVN for the articles, letters and other stories that they reported and publish in the matter of JZK, Inc., vs. Mrs. Virginia Coverdale and Others, including Pastor Jeff Adams involved in it as the summarized story recalls and also could read about the final decision on the most recent article about the injuction on this link here at NVN: http://www.yelmonline.com/news/local_news/article_e3365ad8-ec1e-11e2-af2f-0019bb2963f4.html.Then with an open mind and free will to choose for yourself, take a look, if not yet did, around www.ramtha.com the official website of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment. JA Ayala. From Mexico. Still Current at RSE.

Jeff Adams

I highly recommend examining all facts and not buying into the propaganda which comes from the for-profit corporation which is a very dangerous cult. My knowledge of cults and the occult goes back nearly 30 years. My information about the dangerous cult and its guru come from many former members and from printed books, literature, videos, etc., put out by the cult. People are waking up to the truth. When you choose to put your stock in a group which says its okay to "Create your own reality," you demonstrate your close-mindedness to truths outside of what has been made up. Children used to get soap in their mouths for "fabricating realities." The truth is what you should aim for, not someone's twist on the truth. The guru stands to make more money if there are more die-hards like JA. Unfortunately, there have been many like JA over the years, who wait too long to wake up. They either wake up financially broke with missing teeth, etc., or wake up realizing they've isolated themselves with a group which has been trained to only look out for self. If you get attacked, are in an accident, are raped, etc., it's all your fault - they say. Some will even refuse to help you because "you created this." Stop letting yourself be manipulated. You've been told the church is out for your money. Really? I've never seen a church demand money to attend, sue people if they share what they learn, or tell people to keep secret what they do or teach. Doesn't look like enlightenment to me. Looks like a mastermind is manipulating many, and the mastermind has several enablers all around.

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