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By mutual agreement, the parties filed a joint memorandum with the High Court of New Zealand in Auckland notifying the court of a settlement and asking the court to issue an order by consent of the parties. At the parties’ request, the trial set for May 26, 2014 has also been cancelled.
Under the agreed order, McCarthy is permanently restrained from disseminating proprietary video recordings of information and techniques taught at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) including the videos that were at issue in the case.
“We have never disputed David’s right to lawfully criticize,” said Mike Wright on behalf of RSE. “We recognize that not everyone agrees with our philosophical model or our training. It is not meant to be for everyone.”
McCarthy, who lived in the Yelm area for many years, has been an outspoken critic of RSE since 2004. JZK, Inc. only filed suit in February 2013 after McCarthy posted portions of several private videos on YouTube and elsewhere. The complaint for copyright and contract violations was filed in New Zealand where McCarthy now lives.
Wright concluded, “Dr. J. Gordon Melton, a preeminent world religious scholar, studied RSE for several years. After careful study and exhaustive research, Melton concluded that the teachings of RSE represented a resurgence of early Christian Gnosticism. In addition to coordinating the research of other scholars, he wrote a book about his experience and conclusions. Complimentary copies of his book, Finding Enlightenment, are available at the JZ Rose store in Yelm for anyone who wants to read an objective analysis of RSE.”