NASHVILLE (BP) — A U.S. magistrate has recommended dismissal of all claims in a lawsuit filed against LifeWay Christian Resources, the Southern Baptist Convention and its Executive Committee, and the Glorieta 2.0 ministry that bought the Glorieta (N.M.) Baptist Conference Center from LifeWay last September.
The magistrate’s recommendations “could not be more positive,” said Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay’s president and CEO. “We are particularly gratified the magistrate says the plaintiff’s charges of misconduct by LifeWay, the SBC and Glorieta 2.0 ‘have no basis in fact,’ leaving no doubt of our integrity throughout this entire process.”
The lawsuit was filed by Kirk and Susie Tompkins of Little Rock, Ark., who were at the time leasing a lot at Glorieta. Their suit claimed that the 2,400-acre property located east of Santa Fe was not properly transferred and that leadership staff of LifeWay, the SBC Executive Committee and Glorieta 2.0 were deceptive and fraudulent in the sale.
The magistrate’s filing states that Tompkins had “no legal interest” in the sale of the property and “has not suffered any harm” as a result of the sale. Scott recommended that all claims be dismissed “with prejudice,” which means they should not be re-filed with any court.
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