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Personal Injuries - Part 1

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• Can a woman who is sexually seduced by her Lutheran minister during counseling sessions sue the minister, her church, and her denomination? That was the issue before an Oregon state appeals court in a recent decision. The woman sued the minister for "intentional infliction of emotional distress" and "breach of confidential relationship". She sued her church on the grounds that it was legally responsible for the acts of its minister and for "negligent supervision" of its minister. She also sued the regional office (North Pacific District) of the American Lutheran Church, arguing that it was also liable for alleged negligent supervision of its churches and clergy, and also that its procedure for removing the minister from office involved her in a confrontational process that caused her emotional harm. The woman alleged that her minister abused his pastoral and counseling relationships ...

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  • March 1, 1990

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