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Charitable Immunity Laws

Such a law recently prevented a church from being sued.

• In a significant ruling, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that a state "charitable immunity" law prevented a church from being sued by the family of a boy who was injured seriously while attending a church day camp. A Baptist church operated a summer day camp for grade school children that was designed to "integrate biblical truth into the lives of children through formal teaching and informal activities such as crafts and games." A boy was injured while participating in a camp activity. While his parents had registered him in the camping program, neither the parents nor the boy attended the church or had any other contact with it. The parents sued the church, alleging that their son's injuries were caused by the church's negligence. The church asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit against it on the basis of a state "charitable immunity" law that prevented charitable organizations ...

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  • March 1, 1991