Beers v. Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsAnnotate this Case
Heidi Beers (a minor) was injured after jumping from a bridge into the Payette River. At the time, she was attending a campout organized by ward members of her church. Her parents, Gregory and Caralee Beers, brought negligence claims individually and on behalf of their daughter against the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a number of individual ward members. The district court granted the defendants' motions for summary judgment in part, dismissing all negligence claims, but denied the motion for summary judgment as to the statutory claim against four ward members. The Beerses appealed and the four ward members cross-appealed. Upon review, the Supreme Court concluded the district court propertly granted summary judgment as to the Beerses' negligence claims, but erred by denying the ward members' motion for summary judgment as to the Beerses' claim based on tort child abuse. Accordingly, the Supreme Court affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded the case for entry of judgment dismissing the Beerses' complaint.