Case: Caekaert v. Watchtower,
Montana Federal Court
BREAKING: February 6th, 2024:
Federal Court Justice Susan P. Watters has ordered financial and punitive sanctions against Watchtower New York, a US-based corporation used by Jehovah's Witnesses. The sanctions result from ongoing litigation in two child abuse cases scheduled for trial in 2024.
These fines and penalties stem from the Witnesses' refusal to explain the specific functions of the Governing Body, how it makes decisions, and how it interacts with other Jehovah's Witness Corporations and bodies including the United States Branch Office.
The Watchtower Corporation's attorneys have repeatedly stonewalled the court and provided vague and misleading responses, to the point of triggering severe penalties against the JW Organization.
Plaintiffs for the abuse victims have 30 days to submit financial documentation for all of their expenses related to this litigation. Watchtower will be given 15 days to respond to the cost estimates, after which Judge Watters will rule on the financial component of these sanctions.
On November 6th, 2023, Attorneys for Survivor Caekaert filed a brief in support of their Motion for Sanctions against the Jehovah's Witness corporation known as Watchtower New York. This motion to penalize Watchtower comes as a result of years of deceptive legal practices by the Jehovah's Witnesses, especially in connection with their misleading explanations of their corporate structure.
The Watchtower Corporation issued its response to the Plaintiff on November 20th, 2023.