New York court rejects TEC attempt to grab dissident’s attorneys fees: Anglican Ink, June 26, 2013 June 27, 2013Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink, The Episcopal Church.
Tags: Diocese of Long Island, Mark Jakubic, St James Church Elmhurst
A New York court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Diocese of Long Island against the attorneys of a breakaway congregation, holding that even though the diocese prevailed in its lawsuit against the parish, it was not entitled to a refund of fees paid by the parish to their attorneys.
On 24 June 2013 Judge Vito Destefano of the Nassau County division of the New York Supreme Court dismissed the claim of the Diocese of Long Island and St James Church Elmhurst that attorneys Mark Jakubic (the son in law o Archbishop Robert Duncan) and Meyer Silber pay to the diocese over $200,000 they received in legal fees they received while representing the breakaway congregation.
Conservative Anglicans have charged the Episcopal Church with mounting a scorched-earth campaign, seeking to intimidate parishes who were thinking of leaving the church with lawsuits and personal liabilities for breakaway vestry members — as well as discouraging attorneys from taking the cases.
Read it all in Anglican Ink.