Development in lawsuit involving Farwell, diocese
CHARLOTTE — On March 6 a Superior Court judge in Mecklenburg County, in a lawsuit against the Diocese of Charlotte concerning the alleged activities of Father Richard Farwell, formalized his ruling on a motion to dismiss filed by the diocese.
He partially granted the motion by dismissing one claim for relief based on an allegation of unfair and deceptive trade practices.
The judge also advised the parties that he would be entering a case management order which would, in part, restrict the scope of discovery for the immediate future to statute of limitations concerns that have been raised by the diocese.
The civil lawsuit, which was filed in July of 2011, is based on acts alleged to have taken place in the early 1980s at St. Ann Parish in Charlotte.
Father Farwell, who is no longer in ministry, pleaded no contest to one count of the misdemeanor of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2004.
— David Hains, director of communications