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Religious Order and Archdiocese Not Liable for Injuries Caused by Nun's Negligence

A young mother was seriously injured when a car she was driving was struck by a car driven by a member of the Sisters of Mount Carmel (a religious order).

The victim sued the driver, the order, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, for negligence. A Louisiana appeals court held that the order and the Archdiocese were not liable for the injuries caused by the sister's negligence, since she "was not on an errand for her religious order or the Archdiocese at the time of the accident." Mattingly v. State Department of Health, 509 So.2d 82 (La. App. 1987).

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  • September 1, 1987

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