A defamation action involving a self-improvement organization some call a cult and a professional “counter-cult deprogrammer” has been transferred from the Western District of New York to the District of New Jersey, where a similar case has been pending for five years.

NXIVM Corp. has for several years and in various venues pursued claims against “deprogrammer” Rick Ross and the family of a man who joined the group in 2000. One case, initiated in the Northern District, was removed to New Jersey in 2006. And now another, NXIVM v. Ross, 09-cv-338, was transferred to the same venue by Western District Chief Judge William M. Skretny.

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