R.B.O. v. Priests of the Sacred HeartAnnotate this Case
Former students of a parochial school brought an action against the Priests of the Sacred Heart (PSH) and other defendants, asserting claims of childhood sexual abuse. PSH filed a motion to dismiss the action on the grounds that the former students failed to timely serve process on PSH. The circuit court denied the motion to dismiss, finding (1) the former students substantially complied with the applicable service-of-process statute, and (2) service of process on PSH was valid under S.D. Codified Laws 15-2-31. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the circuit court erred in denying PSH's motion to dismiss because Plaintiffs failed to direct service to PSH and therefore failed to substantially comply with South Dakota's statutory notice requirements.