Thank you for your legal logic...but what area of American law do you have exoertise but 1st-most, are you a LEC grad?
I am Canadian, and I don't know the US law. I know from my own experience that I cannot file a complaint in Quebec against any third party (e.g. health practitioner, psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, guru, etc ...) unless I am myself a victim. Only the client can file a complain, not the family (I had similar problems before with a family member and I had no case). The client has his own free will, and it's a matter of personal freedom. Like I said, I think the family can file a complant only if the victim is declared irresponsible or disabled mentally, then the victim is put under "tutelle" (this is french, I think the english word is supervision - but it has legal implications) and family obtains legal rights over the victim.
As for LEC, no I am not a graduate. I don't need to be. I am comfortable with my credentials and I use my jugment. Remember I have a personal Landmarkian coach very close to me and whos trying to suck me in. Also, I did my homeworks (I went through a pile of documents). Strangely enough, my Landmarkian friend said I should put my judgment aside !?? That means stop thinking and get sucked by LEC. This is not likely to happen with me.
But let me clarify, I am not an expert in US or Canadian laws, so my position may be wrong or inaccurate (law is very complex with many loopholes). If you can file a class action against LEC, I encourage you to do so. I'm only sceptical about the outcome. You have to be prepared for a long and vicious fight because these LEC sharks are figthing for survival and they have the money. Even the world renowed psychologist Margaret Singer ("Cults in our Midst") got sued by LEC and she had to declare publicly that she never said LEC was a cult even though it is clear from her writing that that was her official position. I know there was a lawyer in the US looking for LEC victims in 2002 who was considering a class action against LEC(Paul Wallstrom, Seatle, Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org) but he was looking for LEC clients who suffered damages - his client had a psychotic breakdown after LEC forum). I don't know about the outcome. Perhaps you could contact him and let us know.
In answer to miriam, thanks for your sound advice. I am taking distances but I explore the possibility (I know this sounds like LEC jargon !?) of keeping her as a friend. Maybe one day she will pop out of it.