Court reinstates lawsuit by ex-members of polygamous sect

This Oct. 25, 2017, photo shows a meetinghouse in Colorado City, Ariz. A polygamous group known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, is letting go of the sprawling building where its members worshipped, in the latest sign that the sect run by imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs is crumbling and losing control of the community it ruled for a century. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has ruled that former members of a polygamous sect have provided enough evidence for parts of a lawsuit to proceed against their previous lawyers.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints must still prove their case in a Salt Lake City courtroom.

The appeals court Thursday upheld a federal judge's dismissal of some plaintiffs and claims, but overturned the dismissal of others.

The ex-members filed suit in 2016, claiming the law firm Snow Christensen & Martineau portrayed itself as representing each member, but only represented Warren Jeffs — the sect's imprisoned former leader.

The firm's attorney Brent Hatch says the dismissal of more than half the claims has been upheld.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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