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    Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al—Court Filings and Major Court Rulings

    Summary:

    An index of court filings and major court rulings in The Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al, the libel litigation concerning the Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions.

    Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al—Court Filings and Major Court Rulings

    United States Supreme Court

    June 28, 2007 [Press Release on the U.S. Supreme Court decision not to review the case]
    June 7, 2007 Petition for Writ of Certiorari (May 16, 2007) supported by five amicus briefs:

    Texas State Supreme Court

    February 9, 2007 Amicus Brief Supporting Motion for Rehearing – Rodney A. Smolla
    December 18, 2006 Motion for Rehearing – Texas Supreme Court
    December 12, 2006 [Statement on the Texas Supreme Court decision not to review the case]
    October 27, 2006 Reply to Response to Petition for Review
    August 2, 2006 Petition for Review, supported by the following amicus briefs:

    Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas

    February 16, 2006 Appellees’ Motion for Rehearing
    January 16, 2006 [Statement on Appeals Court Decision]
    September 15, 2004 Brief of Appellees

    District Court of Harris County, Texas

    March 9, 2004 Judge’s ruling denying Defendants’ second motion for full summary judgment
    December 3, 2003 Plaintiffs’ Sur-Reply to Defendants’ “Second” Motion for Summary Judgment
    November 19, 2003 Plaintiffs’ Response to Defendants’ Second Motion for Summary Judgment
    June 13, 2003 Judge’s ruling denying defendants’ motion for full summary judgment and ordering discovery to proceed.
    April 15, 2003 Plaintiffs’ Sur-Reply to Defendants’ Memorandum Brief in Support of Defendants’ Amended Motion for Summary Judgment
    March 10, 2003 Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment
    August 12, 2002 Judge’s ruling denying defendants’ (John Ankerberg, Harvest House Publishers and John Weldon’s) motion for partial summary judgment in the Texas lawsuit
    July 22, 2002 Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Defendants’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment
    December 31, 2001 Lawsuit filed in Harris County, Texas, by Living Stream Ministry, the Local Church, and individual local churches

    Circuit Court of the State of Oregon

    March 15, 2002 Judge’s ruling dismissing the Oregon lawsuit which was filed by John Ankerberg, Harvest House Publishers and John Weldon on December 14, 2001