United Federation of Churches LLC v. Johnson et al

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United Federation of Churches LLC v. Johnson et al
Filing Date 4/3/2018
Original Jurisdiction US District Court for the Western District of Washington
Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC
Defendant Leah Fishbaugh, David Alan Johnson, Mickey Meeham, Nathan Sullivan
Intervenor N/A
State Washington
Case# 2:20-cv-00509
Original Result Dismissed and refiled (Ongoing)
First Appeal N/A
Second Appeal N/A
Final Result N/A

United Federation of Churches LLC v. Johnson et al is an ongoing federal court case filed April 3, 2020, by the for-profit corporation United Federation of Churches LLC d/b/a/ "The Satanic Temple" against four former members of the religion The Satanic Temple who had previously been members of the Seattle and Washington State local chapter.[1]

A judge dismissed the original complaint Feb. 26, 2021, but allowed The Satanic Temple to refile on all but one of the initial claims (defamation). After two amended complaints, the defendants made another motion to dismiss the case, and since July 2, 2021, there has been no movement on the case.[2][3]

Docket

Docket last updated: 07/05/2021 11:59 PM PDT

Friday, July 02, 2021

29 Reply to Response to Motion Fri 07/02 1:57 PM
REPLY, filed by Defendants Leah Fishbaugh, David Alan Johnson, Mickey Meeham, Nathan Sullivan, TO RESPONSE to27 MOTION to Dismiss Second Amended Complaint (Roller, Jeremy)

Monday, June 28, 2021

28 Response to Motion Mon 06/28 5:27 PM
RESPONSE, by Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC, to27 MOTION to Dismiss Second Amended Complaint . (Justus, Benjamin)

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Notice-Other Tue 06/08 10:07 AM
NOTICE TO THE PARTIES: The Court acknowledges the requirements of FRCP 16(b), but finds good cause to defer entry of an initial case scheduling order until after the Court enters its rulings on the pending motions. (VE)

Monday, June 07, 2021

27 Dismiss Mon 06/07 4:50 PM
MOTION to Dismiss Second Amended Complaint, filed by Defendants Leah Fishbaugh, David Alan Johnson, Mickey Meeham, Nathan Sullivan. Noting Date 7/2/2021, (Roller, Jeremy)
Att: 1  Proposed Order Granting Motion to Dismiss

Monday, May 24, 2021

26 Amended Complaint Mon 05/24 11:06 AM
Second AMENDED COMPLAINT against All Defendants, filed by United Federation of Churches LLC.(Justus, Benjamin)
Att: 1  Exhibit 1,
Att: 2  Exhibit 2,
Att: 3  Exhibit 3,
Att: 4  Exhibit 4,
Att: 5  Exhibit 5,
Att: 6  Exhibit 6,
Att: 7  Exhibit 7,
Att: 8  Exhibit 8,
Att: 9  Exhibit 9

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

25 Order on Stipulated Motion Tue 05/11 4:10 PM
MINUTE ORDER (text only) granting24 Stipulated MOTION for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint . No later than 5/25/2021, Plaintiff shall file a second amended complaint in the form attached to the parties’ Stipulated Motion. Authorized by Judge Richard A. Jones. (VE)

Monday, May 10, 2021

24 Stipulated Motion Mon 05/10 8:44 AM
Stipulated MOTION for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint , filed by Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC. Noting Date 5/10/2021, (Justus, Benjamin)
Att: 1  Amended Complaint,
Att: 2  Exhibit 3 to proposed Amended Complaint,
Att: 3  Proposed Order

Monday, March 29, 2021

23 Response to Motion Mon 03/29 4:16 PM
RESPONSE, by Defendants Leah Fishbaugh, David Alan Johnson, Mickey Meeham, Nathan Sullivan, to21 MOTION for Reconsideration re20 Order on Motion to Dismiss, .(Roller, Jeremy)
Att: 1  Proposed Order Proposed Order Denying Motion for Reconsideration
22 Amended Complaint Mon 03/29 1:17 PM
AMENDED COMPLAINT against All Defendants, filed by United Federation of Churches LLC.(Justus, Benjamin)
Att: 1  Exhibit 1,
Att: 2  Exhibit 2,
Att: 3  Exhibit 3,
Att: 4  Exhibit 4,
Att: 5  Exhibit 5,
Att: 6  Exhibit 6,
Att: 7  Exhibit 7,
Att: 8  Exhibit 8,
Att: 9  Exhibit 9

Monday, March 15, 2021

Set/Reset Deadlines Mon 03/15 10:35 AM
Set Deadline: Under Local Rule 7(h)(3), the Court requests a response to Plaintiff’s21 MOTION for Reconsideration. Defendants’ response shall be limited to eight pages and shall be filed by 3/29/2021. (VE)

Friday, March 12, 2021

21 Reconsideration Fri 03/12 2:20 PM
MOTION for Reconsideration re20 Order on Motion to Dismiss, , filed by Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC. Noting Date 3/12/2021, (Justus, Benjamin) (Attachment 1 replaced to flatten malformed PDF on 3/12/2021) (STP)
Att: 1  Exhibit 1,
Att: 2  Proposed Order

Friday, February 26, 2021

20 Order on Motion to Dismiss Fri 02/26 4:10 PM
ORDER granting Defendants’11 Motion to Dismiss: The Satanic Temple’s CFAA, ACPA, tortious interference, and CPA claims are DISMISSED with leave to amend. Its defamation claim, however, is DISMISSED with prejudice. The Court grants The Satanic Temple leave to file an amended complaint within thirty days of the entry of this Order. Signed by Judge Richard A. Jones.(MW)

Thursday, August 06, 2020

19 Order on Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Thu 08/06 10:09 AM
ORDER re18 Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. The Court ADMITS Attorney Matthew A Kezhaya for Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC, by Clerk William M McCool. No document associated with this docket entry, text only. NOTE TO COUNSEL: Local counsel agrees to sign all filings and to be prepared to handle the matter, including the trial thereof, in the event the applicant is unable to be present on any date scheduled by the court, pursuant to LCR 83.1(d). (DS)

Thursday, July 16, 2020

18 Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Thu 07/16 4:30 PM
APPLICATION OF ATTORNEY Matthew A. Kezhaya FOR LEAVE TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE for Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC (Fee Paid) Receipt No. AWAWDC-6469118 (Justus, Benjamin)

Friday, June 26, 2020

17 Reply to Response to Motion Fri 06/26 3:14 PM
REPLY, filed by Defendants Leah Fishbaugh, David Alan Johnson, Mickey Meeham, Nathan Sullivan, TO RESPONSE to11 MOTION to Dismiss (Roller, Jeremy)

Monday, June 22, 2020

16 Affidavit of Service of Summons & Complaint Mon 06/22 10:16 AM
AFFIDAVIT of Service of Summons and Complaint on Leah Fishabaugh on 4/30/2020, filed by Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC. (Justus, Benjamin)
15 Affidavit of Service of Summons & Complaint Mon 06/22 10:15 AM
AFFIDAVIT of Service of Summons and Complaint on Nathan Sullivan on 4/16/2020, filed by Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC. (Justus, Benjamin)
14 Acceptance of Service by Counsel Mon 06/22 10:08 AM
ACCEPTANCE OF SERVICE of Summons and Complaint by Counsel Jeremy Roller, on behalf of David Alan Johnson, on 5/11/2020. (Justus, Benjamin)
13   Acceptance of Service by Counsel Mon 06/22 10:06 AM
ACCEPTANCE OF SERVICE of Summons and Complaint by Counsel Jeremy Roller, on behalf of Mickey Meehan, on 5/11/2020. (Justus, Benjamin)
12 Response to Motion Mon 06/22 10:03 AM
RESPONSE, by Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC, to11 MOTION to Dismiss . (Justus, Benjamin)

Monday, June 01, 2020

11 Dismiss Mon 06/01 3:23 PM
MOTION to Dismiss, filed by Defendants Leah Fishbaugh, David Alan Johnson, Mickey Meeham, Nathan Sullivan. Noting Date 6/26/2020, (Roller, Jeremy)
Att: 1  Proposed Order Granting Motion to Dismiss
Terminate Deadlines/Hearings Mon 06/01 4:07 PM
***Deadlines terminated. The Court notifies the parties that the initial case scheduling deadlines for FRCP 26(f) Conference, Initial Disclosures, and Joint Status Report are suspended pending the Court’s ruling on Defendants’11 MOTION to Dismiss. (VE)

Monday, May 11, 2020

Set/Reset Deadlines Mon 05/11 3:59 PM
Reset Deadlines — Upon the joint request of the parties, the following deadlines are reset: FRCP 26(f) Conference Deadline is 6/3/2020, Initial Disclosure Deadline is 6/10/2020, Joint Status Report due by 6/17/2020. (VE)

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

10 RAJ – Joint Status Report Order Wed 05/06 2:43 PM
ORDER REGARDING FRCP 26(f) CONFERENCE, INITIAL DISCLOSURES, AND JOINT STATUS REPORT. FRCP 26(f) Conference Deadline is 5/20/2020, Initial Disclosure Deadline is 5/27/2020, Joint Status Report due by 6/3/2020, by Judge Richard A. Jones. (VE)
9 Notice of Appearance Wed 05/06 2:11 PM
NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Jeremy E Roller on behalf of Defendants Leah Fishbaugh, David Alan Johnson, Mickey Meeham, Nathan Sullivan. (Roller, Jeremy)

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Corporate Disclosure Statement – Notice of Deadlines Wed 04/08 8:21 AM
PLEASE DISREGARD, DOCKETED IN ERROR NOTICE Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P 7.1, Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC must file a Corporate Disclosure Statement by 4/15/2020 (if applicable). (KB) Modified on 4/8/2020 (KB)
Notice of Docket Text Modification Wed 04/08 8:25 AM
NOTICE of Docket Text Modification re Corporate Disclosure Statement – Notice of Deadlines: Please disregard Notice to Plaintiff re Corporate Discloure Statement – CDS is filed at docket5 . Struck through notice on docket. (KB)

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

8 Summons Issued Tue 04/07 11:45 AM
Summons(es) Electronically Issued as to defendant(s) Leah Fishbaugh, David Alan Johnson, Mickey Meeham, Nathan Sullivan (MW)
7 RAJ-Standing Order Tue 04/07 7:57 AM
STANDING ORDER for Civil Cases Assigned to Judge Richard A. Jones. (VE)

Monday, April 06, 2020

6 Praecipe for a Summons Mon 04/06 5:29 PM
PRAECIPE TO ISSUE SUMMONS by Plaintiff United Federation of Churches LLC(Justus, Benjamin)
Att: 1  Summons Proposed D. Johnson,
Att: 2  Summons Proposed L. Fishbaugh,
Att: 3  Summons Proposed N. Sullivan,
Att: 4  Summons Proposed M. Meeham
5 Corporate Disclosure Statement Mon 04/06 4:15 PM
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT indicating no Corporate Parents and/or Affiliates. Filed pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P 7.1. Filed by United Federation of Churches LLC (Justus, Benjamin)
4 Report Regarding Patent/Trademark/Copyright Mon 04/06 3:46 PM
REPORT on the filing or determination of an action. Emailed to the US Patent Office (ST)
Add and Terminate Judges Mon 04/06 3:40 PM
Judge Richard A. Jones added. (ST)

Friday, April 03, 2020

3 Report Fri 04/03 1:18 PM
REPORT re1 Complaint, Report on the Filing or Determination of An Action Regarding a Patent or Trademark by Plaintiff UNITED FEDERATION OF CHURCHES, LLC (Justus, Benjamin)
2 Civil Cover Sheet Fri 04/03 1:13 PM
CIVIL COVER SHEET re1 Complaint, ; filed by Plaintiff UNITED FEDERATION OF CHURCHES, LLC. (Justus, Benjamin)
1 Complaint Fri 04/03 1:11 PM
COMPLAINT against All Defendants Attorney Benjamin R Justus added to party UNITED FEDERATION OF CHURCHES, LLC (pty:pla), filed by UNITED FEDERATION OF CHURCHES, LLC.(Justus, Benjamin)Related: [-] ceipt # AWAWDC-6251567
Att: 1  Exhibit 1,
Att: 2  Exhibit 2,
Att: 3  Exhibit 3,
Att: 4  Exhibit 4,
Att: 5  Exhibit 5,
Att: 6  Exhibit 6

References

  1. GoFundMe.com, Legal Fund for Victims of Satanic Temple
  2. CourtListener.com docket
  3. PacerMonitor.com docket