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Legal News from South Carolina and San Joaquin

4-16-2015 · Late yesterday the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a brief order transferring to itself the jurisdiction over the appeal filed by ECUSA and its rump group (ECSC) from the February 3, 2015 judgment…


Memo to the Presiding Bishop (CONFIDENTIAL)

4-1-2015 · MEMORANDUM TO: Her Excellency, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jeffers Schori FROM: Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop DATE: April 1, 2015 SUBJECT: Need for Immediate Pastoral Direction


Court of Appeals Returns Trademark Case to SC District Court

4-1-2015 · In a published decision earlier today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed an earlier decision of Senior District Judge C. Weston Houck to abstain from exercising  jurisdiction over a…


Tyranny in Vestments

3-24-2015 · The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes, and ships, and sealing -wax; of cabbages, and kings. Yes, indeed—“of cabbages and kings.” The thing you need to know…


Dust-up in Fort Worth over All Saints

3-11-2015 · As I reported at the end of this post, Bishop Iker made an overture to the congregation of All Saints in the rump diocese to use the dispute resolution process of diocesan Canon…


DioFW Statement on Property Case Ruling

3-3-2015 · As the kids today say, “Woop woop!”: On Monday, March 2, 2015, the 141st District Court granted our Motion for Partial Summary Judgment regarding all diocesan property, with the exception of All Saints’, Fort Worth,…


ECUSA and Freedom of Association: a Showdown Is Due

3-2-2015 · Litigation between the Episcopal Church (USA) and its parishes has been ongoing for more than fifteen years. It is a myth to say that the Church did not start any of the lawsuits: you can…


BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

3-2-2015 · Details to follow, but Bishop Iker says: “We are grateful for the ruling in our favor. It’s clear that both church laws and Texas laws have been rightly applied to this dispute.” Here is a…


SC Judge Makes Short Shrift of ECUSA’s Motion

2-23-2015 · As reported here, the Episcopal Church (USA) and its rump group in South Carolina filed a 182-page motion for reconsideration with Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein, asking her to reverse…


Quincy Court to TEC: “Plaintiffs Won—Quit Your Bad-Faith Maneuvers ... Now!”

2-21-2015 · On Friday, the trial court judge in the Quincy case issued a strongly worded order to TEC and its attorneys…


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