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CG&P Secures Dismissal for Church and Pastor

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CG&P Secures Dismissal for Church and Pastor

CG&P obtained summary judgment in favor of a Queens County Church and its Pastor. The plaintiff alleged that she was caused to sustain severe injuries after slipping and falling down a flight of wet stairs in a building that she claimed was owned by the Church. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Queens, held that CG&P submitted uncontested evidence that the Church and the Reverend did not own, occupy, or control the subject property. The plaintiff also asserted that because there was an overlap in board members between the Church and co-defendant (an urban housing development corporation), the Court should pierce the corporate veil and allow the case to proceed against the Church and Pastor. However, CG&P persuaded the court that, although there were common board members, there was insufficient evidence that the Church was the corporate “alter ego” of the housing development corporation and that the extreme remedy of piecing the corporate veil should not be applied. The case was handled by CG&P Associate, Christopher Rogers.