Legal Question in Constitutional Law in Oregon

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.

Asked on 1/24/11, 9:16 pm

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Edward Hoffman Law Offices of Edward A. Hoffman
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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.

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1/27/11, 2:07 pm
Daniel Meek Daniel W. Meek
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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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1/27/11, 4:35 pm

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