There were numerous objections and claims that Watchtower lawyers made to try and get out of being held responsible for their negligence and malice. Here’s the juicy ones:
Montana is a mandatory reporting state, but Watchtower lawyers claimed that the law for reporting abuse only applies to “individuals” and they are “corporations”. Victims lawyers win argument with traffic laws analogy saying traffic laws applies to drivers, not employers or corporations. But, employers may be held responsible when their drivers are negligent and hurt others. (see page 15)
Then Watchtower lawyers switch their argument and say that they didn’t report the abuse because reports of abuse can be kept confidential under clergy law, but victims lawyers proved it was NEVER kept confidential because… (see pages 15-16)
Elders told the abuser what the victim said about him
Elders told other elders in the legal department in NY
The legal department told the elders in the Service department (CCJW)
Service dept (CCJW) writes a letter back to original elders.
(Bottom of page 14)
Then Watchtower lawyers switch tactic again and say they can make their own definition of what “confidential” means and the court can’t say otherwise. (p.16)
Can you believe the arrogance?!
To see the court documents go to: https://supremecourtdocket.mt.gov/#!
Click the middle box on that page that says "CLOSED DOCKETS" 2006-present
The case number is: 18-0534