Judge partially grants, partially denies Jehovah’s Witnesses’ motion to dismiss

Brattleboro Reformer

By Domenic Poli
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POSTED: 03/30/2015

BELLOWS FALLS >> The attorney representing the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the New York-based headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witness faith in a case of alleged sexual abuse said a judge’s partial granting of a motion to dismiss makes him confident the entire case will get dismissed.

Pietro Lynn, of Lynn, Lynn & Blackman in Burlington, told the Reformer that U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha decided it was appropriate to dismiss certain legal theories raised by Annessa Lewis, who is suing the Bellows Falls congregation and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., which she claims ignored reports that she and her sister were sexually abused by a congregation member more than 20 years ago.

“We are very pleased with the court’s ruling,” Lynn said on March 26. “We expect that once the facts of the case are known that the court will dismiss the rest of the case.”

Murtha dismissed claims for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, ratification, and fraud by omission.

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