After nearly three years in the civil-court system, disagreements between Focus on the Family and the ministry’s former senior vice-president Gilbert Alexander-Moegerle will once again be the subject of private reconciliation efforts. Last month, Alexander-Moegerle’s lawsuit against the ministry came to an end when Pomona, California, Superior Court Judge Theodore Piatt granted the Focus motion for nonsuit, and Alexander-Moegerle instructed his attorney not to oppose the motion.

For two weeks prior to the dismissal, Alexander-Moegerle had presented to the jury his allegations that Focus and its founder and president, James Dobson, had invaded his privacy, interfered with his business opportunities, and inflicted emotional distress upon him and his family. Included in the plaintiff’s case was testimony by Alexander-Moegerle; his wife, Carolyn; and Dobson.

Before presenting its defense, Focus requested the motion for nonsuit, arguing the plaintiff had not presented enough evidence to substantiate the allegations. When Alexander-Moegerle’s attorney did not offer arguments to the contrary, Judge Piatt dismissed the case.

As a result of private negotiations between the attorneys, Alexander-Moegerle and his wife have agreed to pursue no further litigation against Focus. In exchange, Focus has agreed to pay most of the court costs and legal expenses of the trial.

From the outset, Focus maintained the lawsuit was “baseless.” A statement released after the dismissal said the “ministry is grateful and appreciative of the vindication of its position inherent in the court’s ruling.”

In Alexander-Moegerle’s view, his charges of invasion of privacy and business interference were still “very much alive” when his attorney did not oppose Focus’s ...

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