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A federal court in Texas ruled that a church could collect court costs that it paid in successfully defending itself in a lawsuit.

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Key point. A church that successfully defends a lawsuit may be entitled to collect court costs from the losing party.

A federal court in Texas ruled that a church could collect court costs that it paid in successfully defending itself in a lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought by two women who entered into sexual relationships with their pastor during marital counseling. The women later sued their church, claiming that it was responsible for the emotional damages they had suffered as a result of negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and emotional distress. A court ruled in favor of the church, and the church's attorney promptly asked the court to compel the women to pay the church's court costs. The court agreed, on the basis of Rule 54 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which specifies that "costs other than attorneys' fees shall be allowed as [a matter] of course to the prevailing ...

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  • January 1, 1998

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