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Court Dismisses Action Against Firm Clients

January 21, 2010

The New York Supreme Court recently granted Anthony D. Dougherty’s motion to dismiss an action against the firm’s clients, a religious order and two members of the clergy. The case involved allegations that the plaintiff was denied promotions and experienced retaliation because he refused and complained of the alleged sexual advances of fellow priests, and also because he complained of alleged inappropriate sexual behavior of priests with minors and spoke critically about the Catholic Church at a public hearing.

The plaintiff originally brought the case in 2005 against several defendants, including the archdioceses of New York, Newark and Albany, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In March 2007, after the federal court dismissed all of the plaintiff’s federal claims and declined to rule on the state claims, the plaintiff filed a similar complaint in New York Supreme Court. In August 2007, the various defendants, including the firm's clients, brought separate motions to dismiss the complaint.

In the recent state court decision, the court ruled that the statute of limitations barred many of the plaintiff’s allegations and stated that allegations of interfering with the plaintiff’s at will employment were “vague and conclusory.”

Anthony D. Dougherty defended this case for our clients in both the federal and state actions.

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