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Case No. 20-0236

Ryan Koster
v.
Harvest Bible Chapel–Quad Cities d/b/a Harvest Bible Chapel–Davenport and Garth Glenn,

Ryan Koster brought suit against his former church, Harvest Bible Chapel, and his pastor, Garth Glenn, claiming the pastor breached his fiduciary duties and committed defamation by sending emails divulging personal details of Koster’s marriage that were obtained in confidence to his fellow pastors, members of his former discipleship small group and church staff. The district court granted summary judgment on the invasion of privacy and defamation claims on First Amendment qualified privilege grounds and later dismissed the breach of fiduciary claim on First Amendment qualified privilege grounds as well. Koster appeals arguing: (1) he produced sufficient evidence to create a genuine issue of material fact as to every element of his breach of fiduciary duty claim against the appellees; (2) the district court erred in granting summary judgment on his breach of fiduciary duty claim on the basis of a First Amendment qualified privilege; and (3) the district court erred in granting summary judgment on Koster’s defamation claim on the basis of qualified privilege.

County:
Scott

Appellant

Ryan Koster

Appellee

Harvest Bible Chapel–Quad Cities d/b/a Harvest Bible Chapel–Davenport and Garth Glenn,

Attorneys for Appellant

Gary Dickey

Attorneys for Appellee

Amanda M. Richards

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-15-5

Mar 24, 2021 1:30 PM

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0236
Date Published:
May 21, 2021

Other Information

Date Retained:
Jan 26, 2021

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