Assurance Company of America files legal complaint against Doug Phillips, Vision Forum, Inc., Vision Forum Ministries, and Lourdes Torres-Manteufel
On August 26, 2014, Assurance Company of America filed a legal complaint for “Declaratory Judgment” against The Vision Forum, Inc., Vision Forum Ministries, Doug Phillips, and Lourdes Torres-Manteufel.
I have no legal background except for experiencing a defamation lawsuit, but will attempt to summarize the 19-page filing in non-legalese language and provide some screen shots that explain the bulk of the case.
Front page of the complaint:
The complaint begins by identifying the parties involved:
Assurance Company of America – an insurance company based in New York, New York
- The Vision Forum Inc – a Texas corporation
- Vision Forum Ministries, Inc., a Texas corporation
- Defendant Douglas Phillips
- Defendant Lourdes Torres-Manteufel
This section of the complaint summarizes the “underlying suit” filed by Lourdes Torres-Manteufel against Phillips, and both Vision Forum Ministries and Vision Forum Inc., alleging grooming, manipulating, sexual abuse, etc, by Doug Phillips while he served as her boss, pastor, etc, and damages requested. (See my article here for background on the lawsuit: Lourdes Torres, Alleged Victim in the Doug Phillips (Vision Forum) Sex Abuse Scandals Files Lawsuit).
My summary of the complaint
Assurance Company of America alleges that during the application process, Vision Forum, Inc., misrepresented the entities, Vision Forum, Inc. and Vision Forum Ministries. Because of this misrepresentation, they (Assurance Company) don’t want to defend or be financially liable for any fallout from the Torres-Manteufel vs Doug Phillips lawsuit. Go figure. Here is some of the more pertinent legalese:
On the final page we see that Assurance Company of America is asking the court to “enter a judgment” based on the information provided in the complaint, the misrepresentation by Vision Forum(s), and to be freed from having to compensate anyone related to the Torres-Manteufel vs Phillips lawsuit.
Assurance Company also asks for reimbursement for attorney fees necessary for the filing of this lawsuit.
Response from David C. Gibbs III
I reached out to Attorney David C. Gibbs III who is representing Lourdes Torres-Manteufel, and asked him how this lawsuit may affect his client. I received the following response by e-mail late last night:
The insurance company for the defendants are asking the court to release them from having to defend and indemnify the lawsuit brought by my client because the carrier alleges that the defendants did not fully and honestly disclose pertinent information on their application for insurance.
We intend to fully investigate this issue as the litigation unfolds and will vigorously defend our client’s right to full and fair compensation for her injuries as a result of the abuse she endured. We hope that the defendants do have sufficient insurance coverage or significant assets as the jury awards in these cases can be substantial. ~David C. Gibbs III, September 3, 2014
Related link: The following article is a compilation of informational links to the Torres-Manteufel vs Phillips lawsuit and background info on Doug Phillips and Vision Forum: Lourdes Torres-Manteufel vs Doug Phillips Lawsuit Informational Resource Page