In August of 2010, we filed a lawsuit against Pastor
Derstine, Gospel Crusade Inc. and Gospel Crusade Fellowship Inc., for sexual
abuse of Plaintiff, a minor, by Gerald Derstine at the Strawberry Lake Retreat
Earlier today the Archdiocese of Philadelphia placed 21 of
the 37 priests named in the recent Philadelphia Grand Jury Report and accused
of sexually abusing children, on administrative leave.
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an unprecedented opinion today allowing our client’s case using the Alien Tort Statute to go forward. You can find the entire text of the opinion on our site. In denying Defendant Cardinal Roger Mahony’s and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the Court permitted Plaintiff’s...
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