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Episcopal Church Cases, G036096

In dispute over church property where a local congregation of a general church seeks to disaffiliate itself from that general church and take the local church property with it, judgments of dismissal against diocese and the national church are both reversed.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/26/2007
  • Published 06/26/2007



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Holme Roberts & Owen, John R. Shiner, Los Angeles, Brent E. Rychener;  Horvitz & Levy, Frederic Cohen and Jeremy Rosen, Encino, for Plaintiffs and Appellants., Goodwin Procter, David Booth Beers, Heather H. Anderson and Matthew J. Wilshire, for Intervener and Appellant., Law Offices of George S. Burns, George S. Burns and John C. Ashby, Newport Beach, as Amici Curiae for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, and Presbytery of Hanmi on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Payne & Fears, Eric C. Sohlgren, Benjamin A. Nix and Daniel F. Lula, Irvine, for Defendants and Respondents.
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