Clarification on Koumentakos Lawsuit

Date Published: 02/26/2009

Mark Stokoe wrote in an article on Orthodox Christians for Accountability, “The lawsuit filed by Ms. Kristine Koumentakos in Maryland against the OCA, the Diocese of Washington & New York, and others, is being defended by counsel retained for the OCA in Maryland. A motion to dismiss the case has been filed by the OCA, and the OCA is awaiting the decision of the court, which is expected soon.”

To clarify: a hearing on the summary judgment motion filed by the OCA was combined with the summary judgment motions filed by other defendants and was held on February 11-12, 2009. However, it was not completed when court recessed late on the second day. The hearing was continued until April 22-23, 2009, two months from now, and is expected to last for another two full days. **Only then** can a decision from the court can be expected.

There were five defense attorneys representing the various defendants, including the OCA, at the first two days of this hearing. Presumably, there will be five more present when the hearing resumes in April. No doubt each attorney also spent billable time preparing of this hearing