R.B.O. v. The Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, Inc.Annotate this Case
Former students of a parochial school brought an action against the Congregation of the Priests of the Scared Heart, Inc. (PSHI) and other defendants, asserting claims of childhood sexual abuse. PSHI filed a motion to dismiss the action on the grounds that the former students failed to timely serve process on PSHI. The circuit court denied PSHI's motion to dismiss, finding (1) the former students substantially complied with the applicable service-of-process statute, and (2) service of process on PSHI was valid under S.D. Codified Laws 15-2-31. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the former students timely served PSHI in accordance with South Dakota law, and the circuit court did not err in denying PSHI's motion to dismiss.