Sherman V. Church of Divine Light (Causes of Action)

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Mark A. Puno
PA310 – Tort Law
Prof. Laurence Mraz
22 May 2011
Unit 1 Assignment


What are the possible causes of action that one can take against the church?

In the case of the fifteen-year-old Rob Jr., the Church of Devine Light was at fault will be held responsible for the actions of Tom Marsden, an employee of the church, under strict liability. Rob’s parents, Rob Sr. and Bunny, could file charges against Tom Marsden and the Church of Devine Light for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment. Tom Marsden intentional misled Rob Jr. and brainwashed him into staying with the church. Mr. Marsden also threatened and assaulted Rob Jr. by telling him "If you leave, you
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As an adult of this church group, you are responsible for the welfare and protection of the children from harm’s way. The church should take every precaution not to endanger the children under their supervision. Furthermore, the parents should have every right to see if their children is taken care of and be allowed visitation rights any time of day. The church had exploited the child and their parents by putting the child in danger by brainwashing him, assaulting him, inflicting emotional distress, and false imprisonment. This alone is grounds for intentional tort or strict liability lawsuit. The parents put their faith and trust on the Church of Devine Light and Tom Marsden, but instead were misled by their actions.

Causes of action

Intentional Tort: Torts actionable upon evidence of an intent to cause harm on another, such as assault, trespass, false imprisonment, private nuisance, defamation or invasion of privacy.
Strict Liability: Tort liability, which is set upon the defendant without need to prove intent, negligence or fault; as long as you can prove that it was the defendant’s object that caused the damage.
Negligence: A failure to act as a reasonable person would be expected to act in similar circumstances.
Assault: A person commits an assault when without the consent of another
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