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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lawsuit Against Legion of Christ to Continue

CrossAs I have previously discussed, large gift amounts left to the Legion of Christ have come under scrutiny in Rhode Island courts. Previously, Mary Lou Dauray, the niece of a woman who left $60 million to the Legion of Christ, was found to not have standing to sue.

Recently, a Rhode Island federal magistrate judge has recommended that Paul Chu, the son of a retired mechanical engineering professor who left over $1 million to the Legion in his will, has standing to sue. Chu alleges that his devoutly Catholic father was coerced and deceived by the Legion to believe that their founder was a saint. Following allegations of sex abuse against the Legion's founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, the order has been taken over by the Vatican to be reformed.

A federal district judge will make the final decision on Chu's standing to sue the Legion. Chu's claims are similar to those of Dauray. Dauray is currently appealing the ruling that she does not have standing.

See Michelle R. Smith, Judge: Let Legion of Christ Lawsuit Go Forward, Star-Telegram, Jan. 22, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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