Thursday, August 07, 2014

Suit Against FLDS Towns Over Utility Denials Is Settled

Last March, an Arizona federal court jury awarded damages of nearly $5.3 million to Ronald and Jinjer Cooke who sued claiming religious discrimination after towns controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 2008 denied them access to water, sewers and electricity for the home they were building. They claimed that Hilldale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona refused them utility service because they are not FLDS members. (See prior posting.) Reuters reported yesterday that the litigation has now been settled and the court has dismissed the case. The financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The couple now has utility services from the cities.