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  • Title:

    Local Church et al v. Harvest House et al—Miscellaneous Procedural and Evidentiary Court Rulings

    Summary:

    An index of miscellaneous procedural and evidentiary 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—Miscellaneous Procedural and Evidentiary Court Rulings

    April 2, 2004

    • Order overruling Defendants’ objections to summary judgment evidence. This evidence included: “Local Church” chapters drafted two years after the first printing of ECNR, as well as other affidavits and deposition testimony. The unpublished chapters admit: “The Local Church … is unique among the groups in this encyclopedia. It is not a cult in the negative sense of the term, nor do the characteristics of cults in the Introduction generally apply to them.”

    April 2, 2004

    • Order denying Defendants’ motion to stay (delay) discovery during Defendants’ appeal based on his ruling in the March 31, 2004, telephone hearing.

    March 31, 2004

    • In a telephone hearing Judge Kent Sullivan denied Defendants’ motion to strike all of Plaintiffs’ experts, based on Defendants’ unwillingness to affirm or deny the truth or falsity of the charges in the book regarding the Plaintiffs. Judge Sullivan ruled that all ten of the Plaintiffs’ expert witnesses may testify.

    December 16, 2002

    • Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion To Compel Production Of Documents

    December 16, 2002

    • Order Denying Defendants’ Motion for Protective Order and for Limitation of Discovery