Supreme Finish

May 27, 2014

The nearly twelve-year legal vendetta the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) launched against Windermere Baptist Conference Center is over! The Supreme Court of Missouri handed the MBC a loss today that brings the MBC's lawsuits against the ministry to a close. As I reported in March, the MBC lost its appeal in the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. The harsh decision blasted the MBC and its attorneys. The MBC previously lost an appeal in the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. After that 2009 loss, the MBC asked the full Western appellate court to review the case but lost that appeal. The MBC then asked the state Supreme Court to hear the case but also lost that appeal. The MBC took those same actions in the Southern appellate case. The full appellate court already refused to rehear the case. Today, the state Supreme Court denied the MBC's appeal request. The legal fight against Windermere is now over, which adds to the MBC's losses. They already dropped their lawsuit against Word&Way (after the state Supreme Court refused to hear the other Windermere case), they gave a $500,000 settlement in a countersuit by a businessman that emerged from the Windermere lawsuits, and they have spent millions more on the lawsuits. Today's decision by the Supreme Court of Missouri is great news for ministry efforts.

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