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Today was the ruling in the lawsuit between Calvary Chapel Visalia Bob Grenier and his wife Gayle Grenier vs Alex Grenier and Tim Taylor. Today’s notice is a setback in the case. I have spoken with Tim Taylor and he is waiting to hear more news from his attorneys about what comes next. Alex has not returned my message.
Speaking out against abuse and injustice in the church is important, especially when those in positions of trust and leadership do not hold other leaders accountable. There is a cost for speaking out publicly. It affects one spiritually, emotionally, and of course the pocketbook. I have the greatest respect for these men. I know what they are going through. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go to Alex and Tim and their families. Please continue to pray for them.
This notice was posted publicly at the Superior Court of California, County of Tulare website under Tentative Rulings:
Re: Grenier v. Taylor
Case No.: 249252
Date: April 9, 2013 Time: 8:30 A.M.
Dept. 7 – The Honorable Paul Vortmann
Motion: Continued Hearing on Defendants’ Special Motion to Strike the Complaint as a Meritless SLAPP
Tentative Ruling: To Deny Defendants’ Special Motion to Strike the Complaint as a Meritless SLAPP
All objections to evidence are overruled.
No further briefs in support of or in opposition to the motion have been filed. From the documents previously filed, the court finds that Defendants’ published comments directed at Plaintiffs appear to have been based on personal animus and made with the intent to discredit and disgrace Plaintiff Bob Grenier with the stated goal that he be removed as pastor of Calvary Chapel Visalia. Considering the competing declarations the court finds that Plaintiffs have met their burden to show that it is likely that they will prevail on the merits.
If no one requests oral argument, under Code of Civil Procedure section 1019.5(a) and California Rules of Court, rule 3.1312(a), no further written order is necessary. The minute order adopting this tentative ruling will become the order of the court and service by the clerk will constitute notice of the order.
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