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Case No. 16-1078

Valerie Bandstra, Anne Bandstra, Ryan Bandstra and Jason Bandstra
Covenant Reformed Church

The Bandstras appeal from the district court’s ruling granting summary judgment in favor of Covenant Reformed Church and dismissing their claims arising from the sexual abuse of Anne and Valerie Bandstra by the church’s pastor. The Bandstras argue the district court erred in the following ways: (1) in dismissing their general negligence claims based on First Amendment grounds, (2) in dismissing their negligent supervision claims as outside the statute of limitations, (3) in dismissing their defamation claims on various grounds, (4) in declining to apply issue preclusion, (5) in applying the clergy privilege too broadly, and (6) in ruling on numerous discovery motions.



Valerie Bandstra, Anne Bandstra, Ryan Bandstra and Jason Bandstra


Covenant Reformed Church

Attorney for the Appellant

Roxanne Barton Conlin

Attorneys for the Appellee

Michael W. Thrall
Frances M. Haas

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Mar 06, 2018 9:00 AM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 01, 2018
Date Amended:
Aug 09, 2018
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