Court: Supreme Court of Missouri
Opinion Date: April 6, 2021
Judge: Paul C. Wilson
Areas of Law: Personal Injury
The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the grant of summary judgment in favor of the Marianist Province of the United States and Chaminade College Preparatory, Inc. (together, Chaminade) and dismissing Plaintiff’s claim that he suffered sexual abuse at the school in the early 1970s, holding that summary judgment for Chaminade on Plaintiff’s claim of intentional failure to supervise was an error. In granting summary judgment, the circuit court determined that Gibson v. Brewer, 952 S.W.2d 239 (Mo. band 1997), barred Plaintiff’s negligence-based claims and that his intentional failure to supervise clergy claim was not supported by sufficient competent evidence. The Supreme Court vacated the summary judgment in part, holding (1) Gibson was properly decided, and the circuit court did not err in granting summary judgment as to the negligence counts as required by Gibson; and (2) given Chaminade’s statement of material fact and the deposition testimony of Plaintiff’s expert, summary judgment was improper on Plaintiff’s claims of intentional failure to supervise.
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