Update On Two Lawsuits Against The Greek Orthodox Church
San Francisco, California
As previously reported by Pokrov, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco moved to seal documents in the lawsuit filed against it and Archimandrite Michael Rymer by “John Doe.” On August 26, 2008, the San Francisco Superior Court granted that motion. Specifically, the court will allow the petitions to approve the settlement in this case to be filed under seal. In other words, the amount that the metropolis is paying to settle “John Doe’s” claim will not be a matter of public record.
A copy of the judicial order is linked above.
Pokrov also reported previously that the attorneys representing Holy Trinity Church Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas, Texas, in the Katinas lawsuit had requested permission to withdraw as attorneys of record. Holy Trinity’s attorneys asked that the attorney representing the Metropolis of Denver and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in this case be allowed to represent the parish as well.
The parishioners of Holy Trinity subsequently received an e-mail regarding the decision to forego independent representation in the lawsuit. The note said in part, “The Archdiocese has agreed to assume the defense of Holy Trinity in the pending litigation against her and has further agreed to indemnify Holy Trinity for any judgment which may be rendered against her.”