Kahle v. One Love Ministries

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Description:  Two atheists have falsely accused two Hawaii churches represented by Alliance Defending Freedom of defrauding the government in a lawsuit filed in state court. The lawsuit claims the churches committed fraud by paying substandard rent to the public schools in which they meet even though the school districts themselves agree that the churches have consistently paid all agreed-upon rents. The atheists, Mitchell Kahle and Holly Huber, filed their suit under the state’s False Claims Act. The law allows “whistleblowers” with inside information to expose fraudulent billing by government contractors; however, the lawsuit fails to cite a single instance in which the churches submitted a false statement to defraud the government. The existence of a false claim is a necessary element of a False Claims Act complaint. Kahle and Huber also fail to meet several other requirements of the law.

Court guts renewed lawsuit against Oahu churches

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley regarding a Hawaii court’s decision at a hearing Tuesday to dismiss most of a renewed lawsuit against two Oahu churches that falsely accuses them of defrauding the government simply for paying agreed-upon rent to the public schools in which they meet:

“The only thing these churches have done is serve the schools and bring great benefit to their surrounding communities. No one benefits from this suit except the two atheists bringing it, who stand to gain financially if they are successful. As ADF has said all along, their legal attack is baseless. The court did the right thing in gutting this lawsuit of its substance, and we are confident that the minor pieces that remain will be dismissed as well. We appreciate the serious research and consideration the court has dedicated to this ruling.”
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Previous news releases:

  • 2014-05-23: ADF to Hawaii court: Dismiss renewed attack on churches
  • 2014-02-13: ADF will continue vigorous defense of Hawaii churches
  • 2014-01-10: Hawaii churches prevail against atheists’ baseless lawsuit
  • 2013-12-18: Hawaii churches in court Thursday to seek dismissal of atheists’ baseless lawsuit
  • 2013-10-10: Hawaii churches ask court to dismiss atheists’ baseless lawsuit

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