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Time Limits Misconduct Suit

Court rules statute of limitations expired in sexual misconduct case.

Key point: In some states, minors who are molested by clergy or church workers will be prevented from suing their church if they fail to sue before the "statute of limitations" expires (note, however, that the statute of limitations generally does not begin to "run" until the minor reaches legal age).

A Louisiana court ruled that the statute of limitations prevented a 26—year—old woman from suing her former church—operated school as a result of the sexual misconduct of her basketball coach. The victim attended a church—operated high school from 1982 through 1985, and participated on the school's basketball team. She claimed that during these years her basketball coach subjected her to a "consistent pattern of sexual harassment and molestation." She sued her former coach and school in 1993-some 8 years after the last incident of molestation, claiming that the ...

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  • September 1, 1996

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