The lawsuit was filed against Front Sight Management after the company failed to meet its obligations under a 2007 settlement. The agreement stated that Front Sight had to pay members 10 percent of the monthly gross revenues, and the company failed to do so. In addition, the lawsuit states that the company has not paid members until after the settlement fund is exhausted. However, the plaintiffs maintain that the court-ordered Piazza to make timely payments. This is not entirely surprising, since the development’s members had paid the fees in full.

Despite the lawsuit, Front Sight is doing well.

In November 2005, Stacy James filed a class-action lawsuit against the company on behalf of qualified Front Sight members. The suit claimed violations of the RICO Act, the Nevada Sale of Subdivided Land Act, and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. The plaintiffs also allege that Piazza violated their contracts, and they were ripped off by fraud based on the sale of lifetime memberships.

The lawsuit also claims that Front Sight violated the RICO Act, the Nevada Sale of Subdivided Land Act, and the Nevada Civil Rights Act. The plaintiffs claim that Piazza retaliated by making derogatory remarks and withholding information about the settlement fund. The settlement funds for Front Sight were only short by $5.4 million at the end of 2008, but the company claims that the settlement forced the first mortgage holder to foreclose on their properties.

The Front Sight settlement was a major victory for the plaintiffs.

While the lawsuit is not the first of its kind, it is the first of its kind. The company has a record of soaring membership fees and misrepresenting the truth about its benefits. Despite the suit, Front Sight’s reputation and the business are in trouble. The plaintiffs’ attorneys are still working through the case to get justice for their clients.

The Front Sight settlement has been the result of a year-long court battle between the company and the federal government. The plaintiffs sought $8 million in compensation from the company and were successful in their lawsuit. In addition, the lawsuit has a direct correlation with the religion of Scientology, but no clear connection has been made. This is a purely business-related matter, not a religious issue. It is a lawsuit brought by people who paid for Front Sight lots.

The Front Sight lawsuit focuses on the benefits of memberships.

The company sold memberships to help finance the construction of the shooting range, and it allowed members to pass on their memberships to their family members. In addition, the company promised free classes for life and home sites for its members. These promises, however, have been met by the plaintiffs and the court’s decision has been upheld. Even Guy Martin, the firearms instructor, was fired in response to the lawsuit but has not resigned.

The Front Sight lawsuit has not been settled. The settlement agreement was reached in October 2007. Both parties agreed to settle the lawsuit and keep their property. The court ordered the company to comply with all the terms of the settlement. The Court has ordered that the defendants must make good on the settlement and live up to the terms of the agreement. This settlement will help both parties to move on with their lives. So far, there has been no sign of the lawsuit against Front Sight.

The Front Sight lawsuit is centered on the benefits of the membership.

The company offered members unlimited access to their shooting range, but the memberships could be passed on to family members. Those who had a lifetime membership were offered free classes for life. Furthermore, they could even choose to have a home site. All these benefits were largely untrue. In reality, many of the members were happy with the service, but they did not realize that they were paying for a service that they did not need.

The lawsuit against Front Sight claims that the company violated the RICO law to force people to pay for lots, even though Front Sight had not paid for the land. It was later revealed that the company had resorted to fraudulent practices, including misleading advertising and deceptive practices. The settlement was not final. The defendants have not yet been required to pay for the property. In a previous settlement, the company has paid only a small percentage of the money that it owes to its members.

20 thoughts on “A Scientology Lawsuit Against Front Sight Management

  1. It seems that Front Sight continues to have legal issues. The recent attempt to reconstruct the lifetime memberships has caused some to file complaints with the Nevada Attorney General’s office and others to file complaints with the Nye County sheriff’s Dept. There has been talking of finding an attorney for a class action lawsuit but it looks like Ignatius Piazza has withdrawn his attempt to nullify lifetime memberships for now.

    1. Let me know if there is a class action as he just did a bait and switch on me for investing $24,000 and receiving another $24,000 in guns and the money back in five years. He never gave the $24,000 in guns to me and instead converted it to Front Site Dollars which is useless to me as they don’t sell guns anymore.

      1. We were baited to upgrade which included a gun. Never received anything except more requests for money – has ATF investigated FS?

        Does anyone know how to join class action suit ?

    2. I’m trying to find answers to, if they are even open or not. I have a forever free (cannot remember the exact classification level), tried to book a class. Refused to pay for my FREE) class, and now can’t even get an answer from their phone if they are even open. I would severely hate to pay $1000’s in travel, arrive at the front gate, and find it locked permanently. Has anyone even been there in 2022 and can verify theirs in business?

      1. The facility is operating in full force. I don’t know the details of what is up. I am trying to figure it out. My impression is that the owner is trying to generate cash to pay for lawsuit defense. Brad Ackman’s house at the front gate is coming along just fine. I seems there is some type of plan but I don’t know what it is. I will tell you this, 1/2 of the members were not paying a dime it seemed …. they members were taking advantage of a crazy way the owner structured the resort use. I say, play fair and I am talking to the members and the people who make use of the training essentially for free. That really has to come to an end.

      1. Not true. He said don’t do anything and your membership stays the same. I did that and everything stayed the same.

  2. Scientology is thrown around as a buzzword but no specifics given. The article uses nonspecific non-legal terms like “ripped off” but cites no case nor docket number. I was there for a prepaid 5 days event at first of 2022 before he announced multiple $50 range, insurance and who-knows-what.

    I needed a loaner- “free plus sales tax”. I paid $$0.80 a round: no outside boxed ammo was allowed. But on the honor
    system because steel cartridges were visible everywhere. Senior instructors were excellent. Sorry for the hard times.

  3. I paid for to be a knight at front sight and then the Doc made the switch. I was promised a firearm and lots of other stuff that he decided to change and not send. I contacted my credit card company and got my money back. This must have made the good doctor mad because he sent me a letter and another check and told me basically to look for my firearms training somewhere else. So I guess it’s okay for him to change his mind but not the customers. I really enjoyed the training and the instructors but I have had my last class at front sight. I really hope it works out.

    1. Your story is the same as mine. I pay to be a knight too. But only got screwed when I wouldn’t pay for the new dues. Invested $20,000 all I was some hats a knife. The training was very good and we’re the instructors. But I will never take a class there again. Sad too because Front Sight had a lot of potential.

  4. Surprised at the number gun aficionados Piazza sucked-in with his LOOONNNG theatrical-rhetorical emails, laced with all that shameless flag waving patriotism and moral outrage pumping. REALLY !! Hasn’t everyone, long ago, wised up to the fact that the verbosity and theatrics of a pitch is INVERSELY correlated to its legitimacy ?! Apparently NOT, sadly !

    Anyway, Piazza has filed for a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy REORGANIZATION. NOT a Chapter 7 LIQUIDATION. So, its virtually guaranteed that Piazza, either directly or through his surrogates, will REMAIN in control and ownership of that Font Sight property and assets. All Ch 11 will do is to allow him to jettison a good share of Font Sight’s debts, outstanding obligations, and delivery on all those promised free-bee giveaways, that he never had sufficient resources to cover!

    No legitimate business group is gonna attempt assuming operation of that facility, not with Piazza still embedded in it, like a tick. And all the outstanding lawsuits associated with this operation will take years to clear, and at great expense. Just too much legal, financial, interpersonal “ballast”, to attract anyone wanting to just profitably operate a gun range or training facility.

    1. Thanks for rubbing it in – be aware of your karma. Meanwhile, it might interest you to know that there’s some legitimacy to the big rip-off undergirding what happened to the owner and, in turn, the initial investors, etc. Yes, folks need to do their due diligence, but s*&# happens and being arrogant in pointing it out attracts the wrong kind of attention to people like you, who may or may not have meant well (paving the road = bad karma). Sure is a good thing this is still America, where “aficionados” can bring gentle reminders – hope you’ve learned something too.

  5. Front site took $24,000 from me for a deal where after 5 years I get it back and some guns. I got nothing back- zero. I wouldn’t trust them as far as I can throw them . I will go after them . They claim fraud done against them but there doing the fraud . I guess they attract that because they are that!

    1. I saw your info. on the creditors list; hope you’re filing a claim, objection, etc. I’m writing a letter to the trustee, copying the lawyer, and hoping that we can get some sort of refund to ease the pain (sorry for your loss, which must be excruciating).

  6. It’s been a harsh lesson that I intend to return; I’m a legal secretary and I know how. We learned the hard way and many would say we got it cheap (measuring our $251 against the tens of thousands others lost); nonetheless, it’s a lot of money for us and, apparently, we’ll never realize any benefit whatsoever. What feels particularly shameful is that a reputable entity was used as a funnel, thus lending undeserved credibility to Frontsight. I signed up for a weekend “seminar” on a topic that has touched the world (and will remain nameless, in part because it’s not relevant here – although likely obvious); mine was virtual attendance for a Utah event. The sign-up process (October 2021) included a $1 invitation (the only offer there was) and I bought it, then went for the upsell after discussing it with my husband (we’re older folks); we figured that the shotgun (the “perk”) was worth that much. At no time was it ever communicated that time was of the essence so, bottom line, we didn’t discover the financial situation until the change-up was announced about 2-3 months later; the people who hurried to get in on the perks were, apparently, the only ones who got them, but they had to wait and it took months. (Personally, I have no knowledge of whether that part panned out or not.) The story is that the big backer is the crook, that the related lawsuit involving that guy is the real issue, and that the ongoing problem was what caused the perks to be withdrawn, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve got nothing to show for our “lifetime membership” – including the new fees for courses that were supposed to have been what we paid for in the first place. In the end, we’re never going, we’ll never be able to take the courses we’ve purchased, and we’ve lost the cost-equivalent of the NRA courses that we should have taken.

  7. Hateful posts about fraud aside (I just saw ’em for high-pressure tactics to get the rich to invest), I’m disabled – a gang got me and shot me in the back and left me in a field to die, so I was looking for someone to train me on the proper use of firearms and as soon as I was healthy enough, I attended 1 class on handguns and 2 more, the rifle and the shotgun, but when I heard of the resort idea, I saw the vision and knew it would have worked had it come to fruition b/c of the money I saw with the average attendee, the fact so many random ppl I asked ‘how many times have you been here?’ and the answer often being somewhere between 6 and 22 (the highest one I remember).

    So I invested heavily in the villas idea…I knew it would work b/c after a day in the desert heat and the closest hotel being an hour away vs a condo a minute away, those wealthy folks woulda gone for the minute route and had the money to do it with.

    I’m still (trying) to repay the money I borrowed in order to invest with them and would like to get in on any class-action suits if I can. If someone can point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it with a link or an email address of whom to contact…anything would be better than the apparent 10%-30% money back in the current deal with Prairie Fire. I cannot afford even MORE money for annual ‘memberships’ when that wasn’t what I had in mind.

    As for Dr. Piazza, IDK how he can sleep at night…he must have no conscience.

  8. Can’t say I was disappointed with any training or experience. I bought the lifetime membership for 69.99 and then upgraded to Guardian for 250. I saw no benefit to purchase more upgrades. Got some T shirts, Gold Star member pins, etc, and 4 four day mid week training sessions. Only went every other year. Sad to see the thing collapse but I always questioned the stability of the business model. Had fun staying in Pahrump. Don’t know if I am interested in joining the new group taking over. Their terms don’t seem unreasonable.

  9. Regarding the quality of the training experienced, the above comments all are extremely positive. The complaints circle around the business and financial practices. I always wondered how financially sustainable Front Sight would be for my kids’ lifetimes. My whole family had lifetime memberships and was able to have each of them do the pistol class. I and my son were able to do it twice. Excellent training! It is thanks to Dr. Piazza that any of this was possible, and members had the benefit of this for 25 years. I don’t imagine the globalist, NWO, WEF, ruling elites world view includes training 1,000 private citizens in firearms every week for 25 years. I expected this to come to some end or under strict control.
    I don’t think Dr. P. is necessarily a con man. We all saw his numerous “exchange in abundance” offers that were not sustainable in the long term. The business relied on continual new lifetime memberships being sold to pay for remaining in operation. It is the largest such facility in the world, including military firearms training facilities. FS trained as many students as the rest of the entire training industry in the country combined. I think Dr. P. may have had some megalomaniac issues but his intentions seemed good. I have seen no evidence to the contrary than that he really wanted to positively change the image of gun ownership. That has actually been realized, despite this ending episode doing the contrary. Is any human all evil or all good? We can recognize and appreciate the great good he has accomplished, and most of us have benefitted from, independent from his flaws that now leave many short of what was promised.

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