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Scout Camp Operator May Be Liable For Molestation

BOISE (CN) - The operator of a Boy Scout camp in Idaho where two brothers claimed they were molested in 1997 might be liable for damages, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled.

The court vacated summary judgment for the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America Inc., a defendant in the brothers' lawsuit to recover damages for the alleged assault, battery, false imprisonment and negligence.

On appeal, Grand Teton asked the court whether a corporation or a nonprofit can be held liable for the abuse of a child under Idaho law. For a corporation to be liable, its board of directors or one of its agents has to knowingly commit the injury, the court ruled.

It also rejected the argument that charities should be immune from liability "for public policy reasons." Vacated and remanded. See ruling.

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