United Federation of Churches, LLC

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United Federation of Churches, LLC
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Established 2/14/2014
Entity_Type For-Profit
Incorporated State Massachusetts
State ID 001127600
EIN 46-5030690
Physical Address 64 BRIDGE STREET, SALEM, MA 01970
Mailing Address 519 Somerville Ave, #288, Somerville, MA 0214
Registered Agent Douglas Misicko
Doing Business As The Satanic Temple
A-Website thesatanictemple.com

United Federation of Churches, LLC is a Domestic Limited Liability Company doing business as and holding the trademarks for The Satanic Temple and Lucien Greaves.[1] A listing without the "LLC" also holds a trademark for "TST".[2]

It was organized Feb. 14, 2014, in Salem, Massachusetts at 64 Bridge Street, a property shared by several other corporations owned by Cevin Soling, including 64 Bridge LLC, which owns the location.

The registered agent of United Federation of Churches is Douglas Misicko, while its manager is Cevin Soling.

Officer History

Listed Officers for United Federation of Churches LLC By Year [3]
Year Douglas
Misicko
Doug
Mesner
Cevin
Soling
Malcom
Jarry
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022

In the earliest filings, the only two officers listed were Misicko and Soling. However, in the May 2018 Restated Certificate of Organization, "Doug Mesner" was the registered agent and "Malcolm Jarry" was manager, with "Jarry" signing as the applicant; in 2019, Misicko was listed as registered agent but "Mesner" was also a listed officer along with "Jarry", who again signed the document. In 2020, Soling signed the annual report, and "Jarry" was listed only in regards to the real property.

In 2021, again only Misicko and Soling were listed as officers and signatories of the annual report.[3]

"The Satanic Temple" Federal EIN 46-5030690 is distinct from The Satanic Temple Inc, FEIN 82-3404757, which the Massachusetts Secretary of State lists as owned solely by Misicko. In 2019, "The Satanic Temple Inc" became the first Satanic church to achieve Public Charity Status under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i), "a church or a convention or association of churches." [4][5] However, GuideStar.org lists "The Satanic Temple" and an EIN matching "The Satanic Temple Inc" to have the principal officer "Lucien Greaves" (sic) and co-principal officer "Malcolm Jarry" (sic), but it's not obvious what documents that references as the Form 990s were not publicly available.[6]

Lawsuits

The United Federation of Churches, LLC has been involved in a number of lawsuits since its formation.

In 2018, the company sued Netflix Inc. and Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc. in the Southern District of New York over use of a breastless Baphomet statue with children in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, claiming defamation and that its intellectual property rights had been violated, harming its business reputation.[7]

The suit was eventually dismissed with prejudice after Netflix agreed to give a copyright credit on all episodes that had been filmed.[8]

The following list is non-exhaustive and includes several cases represented by lawyers of The Satanic Temple but did not include them as plaintiffs.

Court Cases
Date Filed Case Name Original Jurisdiction Case Number Result Appeal
4/03/2020 United Federation of Churches LLC v. Johnson et al US District Court for the Western District of Washington 2:2020cv00509 Initial dismissal[1][2];

complaint re-filed[3]

-
11/08/2018 United Federation of Churches LLC v. Netflix, Inc. et al US District Court for the Southern District of New York 1:2018cv10372 Settled Out of Court (victory) [8][9] -
5/23/2018 Cave et al v. Thurston ("Doug Misicko" and "Satanic Temple" listed as Intervenors) US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas 4:18-cv-00342 Ongoing -
2/28/2018 Doe v. Greitens et al ("Judy Doe")[10] US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri 4:18-cv-00339-HEA Dismissed (failure) [11] Affirmed (failure) [12][13][14]

Appeal to SCOTUS denied (failure) [15][16][17]

2/26/2018 Satanic Temple et al v. Scottsdale, City of et al US District Court of Arizona - Phoenix 2:2018cv00621 Judgment in favor of Defendants (failure)[18][19] Appeal made by The Satanic Temple Inc
05/11/2015 Mary Doe v. Jeremiah J Nixon et al ("Mary Doe II") Circuit Court of Cole County, Missouri 15AC-CC00205 Dismissed (failure) [20] Appeals Court orders transfer (neutral) [21][22]

State Supreme Court affirmed (failure) [23][20]

6/23/2015 The Satanic Temple et al v. Jeremiah Jay Nixon et al. ("Mary Doe I") US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri 4:2015cv00986 Dismissed (failure) Affirmed (failure) [24]
3/24/2015 Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. et al v. Franklin County, Indiana[25] US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana 1:2015cv00484 Settled Out of Court (victory) [26][27][28]

References

  1. USPTO.com, "United Federation of Churches LLC
  2. USPTO.com, "United Federation of Churches" (sic)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Massachusetts Secretary of State, filings for United Federation of Churches LLC, ID Number 001127600
  4. IRS.gov, The Satanic Temple (sic), FEIN 82-3404757, Salem, MA, determination letter ruling 02/06/2019, "990 - Not required to file (church)"
  5. IRS.gov, Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae, EIN: 82-4719513 | Ballwin, MO, determination letter ruling 04/11/2018, "990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year"
  6. GuideStar.org, ruling year 2019
  7. Courthousenews.com, By misappropriating TST Baphomet with Children (which is a registered copyright and famous mark of TST) to publish this false and defamatory depiction of TST, Defendants have engaged in three classes of wrong: copyright infringement (Claim 1) trademark violation (Claim 2), and injury to business reputation (Claim 3).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Netflix Makes ‘Amicable’ Deal With the Devil Over Sabrina, Bloomberg.com, Nov. 23, 2018, An attorney for the Temple, Bruce H. Lederman, told Bloomberg Law Netflix agreed within 10 days of the Temple’s suit to give the it (sic) copyright credit for the statute on all episodes that have been filmed.
  9. PacerMonitor.com, United Federation of Churches LLC v. Netflix, Inc. et al
  10. "The Satanic Temple" was not named in the lawsuit as a plaintiff, but "Judy Doe" used the same attorney, William J. Mac Naughton, arguing a similar case in Missouri's State Supreme Court for "Mary Doe"
  11. CaseMind.org, Motion to Dismiss: Granted Defendant. This matter seeking declarative and injunctive relief comes before the Court on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Complaint for failure to state a claim, [Doc. No. 17]. Plaintiffs seek (1) declaratory judgment that certain Missouri Statutes are void and (2) injunctive relief against Defendants' enforcement of the statutes. For the reasons below, Defendants' motion to dismiss will be granted.
  12. Federal appeals court axes Satanic Temple abortion lawsuit, AP, June 9, 2020. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday filed by a member of the Satanic Temple against a Missouri abortion law. ... An anonymous woman, Judy Doe, sued, arguing the law violates her religious freedom as a Satanic Temple member. The Satanic Temple doesn’t believe in a literal Satan but sees the biblical Satan as a metaphor for rebellion against tyranny. A federal district judge last year ruled against Doe, and the appeals court agreed.
  13. No. 19-1578, A Missouri law requires Judy Doe to certify that she has had a chance to review certain information before having an abortion. This requirement, she alleges, violates her Satanist beliefs. The district court dismissed both of her First Amendment claims, and we affirm. (PDF)
  14. 19-1578, filed 3/20/2019
  15. No. 20-385, Petitioner Judy Doe (“Petitioner”) moves, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §455(a), for the disqualification of the Hon. Amy Coney Barrett from consideration of the Petition for Certiorari, Case No. 20-385 (the “Petition”) due to her publicly expressed religious beliefs that a human being comes into existence at conception, abortion is murder and Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) (“Roe”) was a “barbaric” decision that should “be put to an end.” (PDF)
  16. "Supreme Court Refuses to Disqualify Justice Barrett from The Satanic Temple's Abortion Case", Press release, Nov. 12, 2020
  17. 20-385, "Certiorari Denied" (PDF)
  18. CourtListener.com, ORDER AND JUDGMENT: Judgment is entered in favor of Defendants on all of Plaintiffs' claims. Signed by Senior Judge David G Campbell on 2/05/2020. (REK) (Entered: 02/06/2020)
  19. Scottsdale wins court battle against Satanists over right to give invocation; Satanists appeal, Arizona Republic, Feb. 29, 2020. A U.S. District Court judge ruled this month that Scottsdale did not discriminate against the Satanic Temple when the city blocked a member of the group from giving an invocation before a City Council meeting in 2016. Judge David Campbell ruled the Satanic Temple did not prove the city had denied its request because of its religious beliefs. (AP summary)
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Missouri Supreme Court dismissed on Wednesday a case brought by a woman who said the state’s abortion restrictions violated her religious beliefs. ... The case dates to 2015, when Doe’s attorneys argued her case in front of the Cole County Circuit Court. Circuit Judge Jon Beetem dismissed the case. Missouri's high court tosses case alleging abortion law violated Satanic Temple member's rights, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb 13. 2019
  21. WD80387, Because we believe that this case raises real and substantial constitutional claims, it is within the Missouri Supreme Court’s exclusive jurisdiction under Article V, section 3 of the Missouri Constitution, and we hereby order its transfer (PDF)
  22. Planned Parenthood, Satanic Temple score initial wins in abortion fight, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 3, 2017
  23. SC96751, Mary Doe appeals the circuit court’s judgment dismissing with prejudice her second amended petition seeking to enjoin the enforcement of the portion of the Missouri Informed Consent Law... This Court affirms denial of Ms. Doe’s request for injunctive relief. The informed consent law does not adopt any religious tenet, as Ms. Doe claimed. ...Moreover, the informed consent law neither requires a pregnant woman to read the booklet in question nor requires her to have or pay for an ultrasound. It simply provides her with that opportunity. .. The circuit court did not err in dismissing Ms. Doe’s petition for failure to state a claim. (PDF)
  24. 16-3387, 08/28/2018 Open Document JUDGMENT FILED - The judgment of the Originating Court is AFFIRMED in accordance with the opinion. ROGER L. WOLLMAN, MICHAEL J. MELLOY and RAYMOND W. GRUENDER Hrg Sep 2017 [4698520] [16-3387] (AMT) [Entered: 08/28/2018 07:49 AM], US Eighth Circuit of Appeals
  25. United Federation of Churches LLC d/b/a The Satanic Temple was a plaintiff on the case, however, both it and the Freedom from Religion Foundation were represented by Gavin Minor Rose with the ACLU of Indiana
  26. IndyStar, "Satanic Temple lawsuit over Nativity scene dismissed", Dec. 31, 2015. As part of the settlement, the county agreed to let nonresidents apply for a permit, but they must have a local contact
  27. Thomas More Society, Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release of Claims
  28. Eagle 99.3 FM, "Lawsuit Settlement In Place For Satanic Display At Courthouse" Dec. 18, 2015. According to the settlement, Franklin County has agreed to amend its ordinance concerning displays at the courthouse within 30 days. The amended ordinance for the courthouse display permitting process will accept the designation of a local contact in lieu of requiring that sponsorship be wholly by citizens of Franklin County. Essentially, The Satanic Temple could put up its goat-head display at the courthouse if it finds a resident of Franklin County or any adjacent Indiana county (Dearborn, Ripley, Rush, Decatur, Fayette, or Union counties) willing to serve as that local contact. The contact must be a person who lives or works in Franklin County and assumes responsibility for the display.