Maddox v Integro USA, Inc, et al
I know that this is old but going through and posting about every lawsuit that I can find in this decade with Watchtower either good or bad if it has not already been posted.
This lawsuit was brought in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisana. It involves a family whose mother had died at a District Convention in 2011. The mother, Patsy, was descending stairs at the convention which was held at the MItchell Center in Mobile, Alabama when she fell and was fatally injured.
The family brought the wrongful death lawsuit against the insurance company for the Mitchell Center which is the Integro USA and Old Republican Insurane Company, Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York. All three defendants filed a motion for summary judgment against the lawsuit. The Insurance company and CCJW had 4 arguments for dismissing the case.
First was that Patsy chose to go to the upper level and that contributed to her injury and that if she was too weak to go to the second level that she should not have chosen to go to that level. Second, that the stairs and gaps were open and obvious and that a reasonable person would have taken additional safety precautions as they walked up and down the stairs due to the obvious issues with the stairs. Third, was that the only obligation was to avoid any new and/or hidden dangers to the person using the equipment. Fourth that the case should be heard in Alabama and not in a federal court in Louisana.
The court ruled that the first three could not be resolved because the plaintiff still had some depositions to conduct and that the Rules of Federal Procedures requires that all Plaintiff depositions must be conducted before a motion for a summary judgment can be granted. The fourth issue the court ruled that the federal court can hear the case based on the diversity citizenship issues because the parties reside in different states.
Watchtower filed a motion for summary judgment based on the fact that they don't have any dealings with the conventions and cannot be held liable for anything done at the conventions. They supplied affidavits that in 2001 all dealings with District Conventions were taken over by CCJW and that at least since 2011 Watchtower no longer listed dates and locations of District Conventions in any of their publications. The court ruled that Watchtower did not have any dealings with the District Convention and could not be held liable for any actions that occurred at such an event, so it Watchtower was granted their motion.
There is no "They or Them" when referring to the Watchtower. It's a faceless corporation that has convinced millions of JW that they are part of a loving world wide brotherhood and that those in charge care deeply for them.
"The Governing Body loooooves you" -Stephen Lett
At the end of the day, they look for any legal loophole available to avoid having to use their "Bible trained consciences " and do the right thing.
And, the courts almost always agree with them.
I've been to that center lots of times; it is a sports arena, not suitable for elderly persons at all.
Honestly if there was nothing wrong with the steps then there's no reason for a lawsuit. That one isn't hard. She fell, it's tragic, but that doesn't mean someone has to pay.
Watchtower filed a motion for summary judgment based on the fact that they don't have any dealings with the conventions and cannot be held liable for anything done at the conventions.
The court ruled that Watchtower did not have any dealings with the District Convention and could not be held liable for any actions that occurred at such an event, so it Watchtower was granted their motion.
So Watchtower lied, the courts bought the lie..
Watchtower is rewarded for lying..
Thanks for pointing out more corruption in the Watchtower, RO..
Prevention is simple folks - DON'T GO TO CONVENTIONS or any other WT advised activity.
So who is the CCJW , just a shell corporation?
CCJW = Corrupt Conartists WatchTower
CCJW is one of 8 or 9 corporations in the US that is used by the US branch office
Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses- Sponsors Conventions, Assemblies. Elders, MSs and Pioneers are appointed under their authority. It is has a letterhead that reads Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, most letters will come under that letterhead. It is basically the service department.
Kingdom Support Services- Facilitates activities at bethel and the transportation of literature if sent on US Branch trucks.
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York- They are the ones that actually do the printing of literature.
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania- They own the copyrights of the literature
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New Jersey- I forget what they own, I think that they were the original owners of the Stanley when the Branch bought the building
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Florida- They used to own an orange grove in Florida for the family.
Religious order of special full-time servants of Jehovah's Witnesses- all bethel family members along with traveling overseers and LDC full time members belong to this corporation.
Then there is one that owns the cemetery and Walkill. There is another that is the corporation that replaced the RBC which is at the branch.