Court reinstates lawsuit by ex-members of polygamous sect

Court reinstates lawsuit by ex-members of polygamous sect

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has ruled that former members of a polygamous sect have provided enough evidence for parts of a lawsuit to proceed against their previous lawyers.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints must still prove their case in a Salt Lake City courtroom.

The appeals court Thursday upheld a federal judge’s dismissal of some plaintiffs and claims, but overturned the dismissal of others.

The ex-members filed suit in 2016, claiming the law firm Snow Christensen & Martineau portrayed itself as representing each member, but only represented Warren Jeffs — the sect’s imprisoned former leader.

The firm’s attorney Brent Hatch says the dismissal of more than half the claims has been upheld.