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Legion of Christ lawsuit: Family of Yale professor claims $1 million coerced

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Legion of Christ lawsuit will be allowed to go forward according to a U.S federal magistrate judge. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan ruled that the Paul Chu, son and executor of late Yale University professor James Boa-Teh Chu has legal standing. According to The Christian Science Monitor on Jan. 23, Paul Chu claims that his father was coerced into giving a $1 million bequest to the disgraced Roman Catholic order.

Among the allegations made in the lawsuit, Chu says members of the order convinced his devout father that the Legion's founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, was a saint, even as the church was investigating allegations against him including sex abuse.

Legion of Christ lawsuit was initiated in 2012 in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I. The allegations were denied by the Legion and they asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.

The judge determined that the Legion of Christ lawsuit will go forward in a report filed last week. But, another magistrate, U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux, will have the final determination after both sides have an opportunity to file any objections that they may have.

This lawsuit has some interesting similarities with another one brought by the niece of a woman in Rhode Island who gave the Legion $60 million. The niece filed suit and a Superior Court judge determined that she did not have standing to sue. That case is under appeal.

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