Wednesday, August 09, 2006

N.J. Court Weakens Charities’ Shield In Sex Cases


A state law protecting nonprofit organizations from negligence lawsuits does not apply to all sex abuse cases, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The ruling allows John W. Hardwicke Jr. to continue his lawsuit against the American Boychoir School in Princeton. Hardwicke alleges that he was repeatedly molested by the school’s music director and three other employees from 1969-1971, when he attended the school. In its 5-1 ruling, the court reasoned that the state’s Charitable Immunity Act protects charities from negligence claims only, not from claims that are based on “willful, wanton or grossly negligent conduct.”

I see this as a good sign since the threat of a lawsuit might make nonprofits address abusive behavior within their organization when they'd rather pretend it doesn't exist.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 4:32 PM   1 comments links to this post


At August 09, 2006 11:27 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

I think your correct Marcella. This way more organizations will have to address this issue of abuse.
Thank you for the post!


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