Richard Bandler's Lawsuit



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NLP was developed in the mid-70s by John Grinder, a Professor at UC Santa Cruz and Richard Bandler, a graduate student. NLP, as most people use the term today, is a set of models of how communication impacts and is impacted by subjective experience. It's more a collection of tools than any overarching theory.

Much of early NLP was based on the work of Virginia Satir, a family therapist; Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt therapy; Gregory Bateson, anthropologist; and Milton Erickson, hypnotist. - Stever Robbins, NLP Trainer


There is currently a lawsuit filed with the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz. I have obtained a copy of the lawsuit. Here is the information from the first page.

Please don't write and ask me for my opinion on the case. I was not party to any of the transactions on which the lawsuit is based, and in the absence of evidence, I can't say anything one way or another.

Filed: Jan 23, 1997
Case No. 132495

The attorneys for the plaintiffs

Michael Brooks Carroll Esq. (54905)
Law Offices of Michael Brooks Carroll
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1250
San Francisco, California 94104
Telephone: (415) 788-7600


  • Richard W. Bandler
  • Brahm Von Huene
  • Dominic Luzi


  • Quantum Leap, Inc.
  • John T. Grinder, Jr
  • Carmen Bostic St. Clair
  • Grinder, DeLozier & Associates
  • Laura Grinder
  • Mark Carroll
  • NLP Comprehensive
  • Lara Ewing
  • Steve Andreas a.k.a. John O. Stevens
  • Connirae Andreas
  • Christina Hall
  • NLP Proficiency Associates
  • The NLP Connection
  • DOES 1 through 200, inclusive

The Charges

Complaint for monetary damages, declaratory, injunctive, equitable and other relief due to:

  1. Unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices, in violation of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Cal CC secn 1750, et seq.;
  2. Breach of written contract (Grinder obligations);
  3. Breach of written Contract (Hall obligations);
  4. Breach of imlied covenant of good faith and fair dealing;
  5. Unfair competition (sec 43(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. secn 1125);
  6. Unfair Competition (Cal. B&PC.; secn 17200, et seq.);
  7. Trade mark infringement (Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C., section 1051, et seq.);
  8. Misuse of Another's Name and Name Sponsorship and Identification without consent (Cal. C.C. secn 3344);
  9. Spoliation of Evidence;
  10. Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage;
  11. Intentional Interference with Contractual Relations;
  12. Declaratory Relief;
  13. Accounting and disgorgement;
  14. Adjudication of Contempt and Imposition of Contempt Sanctions against Grinder and all persons acting in concert to violate this court's permanent injunction of October 29, 1981; and
  15. Tortious breach of obligations arising out of permanent injunction.

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