I would like to sue the Seventh-day Adventist Church and can prove the following.
1. The defendant made certain representations to the plaintiff, presenting them as facts;
2. In so doing, the defendant intended the plaintiff to believe the representations;
3. In so doing, the defendant intended the plaintiff to part with something of value;
4. The representations made by the defendant were false;
5. The defendant knew, at the time of making the representations, that they were false;
6. The plaintiff, relying on those representations, parted with something of value;
7. The plaintiff, in so relying, was acting reasonably;
8. The plaintiff suffered damage as a result.
2 Answers from Attorneys
You're describing a fraud case. Churches can be sued for fraud just like anyone else. Whether you can win will depend upon the evidence.
It also depends on whether you can persuade an attorney to take your case. If the amount involved is less than $7,500, you can bring the case yourself in small claims court. See http://www.osbar.org/public/pamphlets/smallclaims.html
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