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Joseph Ross Lawsuit

Joseph Ross Lawsuit

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHECITYOFST.LOUISSTATEOFMISSOURI
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ARCHDIOCESEOFST.LOUIS,aNon-)ProfitCorporation,ARCHBISHOP)ROBERTJ.CARLSONoftheArchdiocese)ofS1.Louis,andFATHERJOSEPHROSS)
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PlaintiffJaneDoe92,forherPetitionagainstthedefendantsnamedherein,allegesasfollows:1.Plaintiffbringsthislawsuitinordertoholddefendantsresponsiblefortheinjuriesshesufferedduetothesexualabuseperpetrateduponherbyoneofdefendants'priests,JosephRoss,andtoprotectotherchildrenfromthepainofchildhoodsexualabuse.
 
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VENUE2.ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthecausesofactionassertedhereinandoverthepartiestothisaction.PlaintiffassertsclaimsunderMissouricommonlaw.ThisCourthasjurisdictionbecauseDefendantsArchdioceseandArchbishopownedandoperatedSt.Cronan'sParish,arelicensedtodobusinessortransactbusinessinMissouriandhaveobtainedthebenefitsofthelawsoftheStateofMissouriandthebenefitsoftheMissourilocationforSt.Cronan'sParish.Finally,thesexualmolestationdescribedhereinoccurredatSt.Cronan'sParishwhichislocatedintheCityofSt.Louis,withintheStateofMissouri.3.VenueisproperinthisCourtunderR.S.Mo.§508.010(4),becausePlaintiffJaneDoe92wasfirstinjuredatSt.Cronan'sParishwhichislocatedinSt.Louis,Missouri.
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4.PlaintiffJaneDoe92isnineteenyearsoldandisaresidentoftheStateofMissouri.PlaintiffJaneDoe92wassexually,physicallyandemotionallyabusedbyFatherJosephRossatSt.Cronan'sParishintheCityofSt.Louis,Missouri,whenshewasaminor.5.DefendantArchdioceseofSt.Louis(hereinafter"Archdiocese"),whichrunsSt.Cronan'sParish,wasanunincorporatedassociationdoingbusinessinMissouriatthetimetheinjuriestoPlaintiffoccurred.DefendantArchdioceseincorporatedin2004andisnowadomesticnon-profitcorporation,incorporatedanddoingbusinessinMissouri.DefendantArchdiocesehasobtainedthebenefitsofthelawsoftheStateofMissouriandthebenefitsoftheMissourilocation.
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6.Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantArchdiocesewasformedin1847outoftheDioceseofSt.Louis,DefendantArchdiocesehasapproximately700priestsworkingforit,andDefendantArchdiocesehasapproximately550,000catholicmembers.7.DefendantArchbishopCarlson(hereinafter"Archbishop")isacitizenoftheStateofMissouriandisthecurrentArchbishopinchargeoftheArchdioceseofSt.Louis,Missouri.HeiscurrentlyresponsibleforoverseeingthedaytodayoperationsoftheArchdioceseofSt.Louis.DefendantArchbishopCarlsonissuedhereinsolelyinhiscapacityasArchbishopoftheArchdiocese.8.DefendantFatherJosephRosswasanordainedpriestworkingatSt.Cronan'sChurch,withintheArchdioceseofSt.Louisduringalltimesmaterialhere.DefendantRossviciouslyandrepeatedlyabusedPlaintiffwhilehewasfunctioninginhisroleasapriestandauthorityfigure.9.Atallrelevanttimesherein,DefendantRosswasunderthedirectsupervision,employandcontroloftheArchdioceseofSt.LouisanditsrepresentativetheArchbishop.DefendantArchdioceseanditsrepresentativetheArchbishopprovidedtrainingtoDefendantRossonhowtoperformthespecificpositionsofapriestandapastor.DefendantArchdioceseanditsrepresentativetheArchbishophired,supervisedandpaidassistantstoDefendantRoss.Atalltimes,DefendantRossactedupontheauthorityofandattherequestand/orpermissionoftheDefendantArchdioceseandDefendantArchbishop.10.DefendantRossresidedonthepremisesownedbyDefendantArchdioceseatalltimesrelevantinthismatter.HealsoperformedhisworkonpremisesownedbytheArchdioceseandArchbishop.3

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