Rutherford Christie LLP

In January of 2021 Partner David Rutherford obtained a Decision from New York’s Appellate Division, First Department, affirming summary judgment which had been granted earlier in the year.  The plaintiffs had alleged that the Archdiocese was negligent and vicariously liable for a rape committed by the teenage son of a priest following service at a parish church.  The appellate court and the court below both held that the priest was not acting in the scope of his employment when he brought his son to church and failed to disclose to anyone the fact that his son had been involved in a prior instance of sexual abuse.

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