Press Release: Extensive Archive on Grenier Defamation Lawsuit “Goes Live” Today – March 1, 2013.
A team of volunteers has put together a significant resource on the lawsuit of Grenier & Grenier v. Taylor & Grenier. The Grenier Defamation Lawsuit Archive contains such features as:
Key Facts: People, Dates, and Documents.
- Media FAQs.
- Historical Narrative of Alex Grenier’s Attempts to Hold Bob Grenier Accountable.
- Bibliography on the Grenier Lawsuit, Calvary Chapel Franchise, and #WWJS? Campaign.
- Tutorial on “Defamation/SLAPP Lawsuits for Dummies.”
It also includes press releases and other records from the #WhoWouldJesusSue media campaign related to this case.
The Archive is housed on Alex Grenier’s Calvary Chapel Abuse blog. He launched this blog in July 2010 “as my last resort” when all other attempts since 2004 have failed in confronting his step-father Bob over alleged child physical abuse inflicted on his sons, child sexual abuse of his son Paul, and “eccelesiastical corruption” at the church he has pastored since the 1970s.
According to Alex Grenier’s volunteer team: “The Archive writers and editors have sought to be as factual and fair as possible in presenting historical events and in representing all sides accurately. However, there is a distinct bias and the material here is written from the perspective of the defendants, Tim Taylor and Alex Grenier.”
This Archive is based on a similar one produced by Brad Sargent after the 2012 case of Beaverton Grace Bible Church v. Smith. In that defamation lawsuit, an Oregon pastor and his church sued five defendants for $500,000 for posting online Google Reviews and blog comments alleging church leadership to be “spiritually abusive.” An anti-SLAPP motion was filed and approved, ending that lawsuit as unsubstantiated and frivolous.
This defamation lawsuit was filed on October 17, 2012, by Bob Grenier, Pastor of Calvary Chapel Visalia (California), and his wife Gayle, alleging former church member Tim Taylor and step-son/son Alex Grenier committed “Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress,” “Defamation,” and “Conspiracy to Defame.”
An anti-SLAPP motion was filed on December 17, 2012, and a tentative decision on the matter is due from California Superior Court Judge Paul Anthony Vortmann. A tentative decision is due to be posted March 4, 2013, followed by a court hearing on March 5.
Twitter: #WhoWouldJesusSue. @CalvaryChapel. @Bobgrenier.
Media Contact: Julie Anne Smith. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Smith was the main defendant in the 2012 Oregon case of Beaverton Grace Bible Church v. Smith. Her former pastor and church sued Ms. Smith and four other defendants for $500,000 over claims of defamatory statements posted online about spiritual abuse by the church and its leaders. As in this California case of Grenier & Grenier v. Taylor and Grenier, an anti-SLAPP motion was filed in BGBC v. Smith. So there are significant parallels between the two lawsuits. Ms. Smith now blogs at Spiritual Sounding Board, a site focused on advocacy for survivors of spiritually abusive pastors, churches, ministries, and movements.