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LA Open Door Church Property Seizure Lawsuit ‘Back to Square One’

LA Open Door Presbyterian Church previous property
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The sanctuary which Los Angeles Open Door Presbyterian Church was in the process of building was bought by a pentecostal Latino church, which uses the building today. This building is located on the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Bonnie Brae Street, near Koreatown in Los Angeles.

After Los Angeles Open Door Presbyterian Church (LAODPC) lost a previous lawsuit regarding the seizure of its church property, it received a favorable response from an appeals court which reversed the lower court’s decision.

The church was building a new sanctuary worth tens of millions of dollars, when the Evangelical Christian Credit Union seized the property in 2012 after the church failed to make payments for several months. The church took the ECCU to the Los Angeles Superior Court and sued the credit union for fraud and breach of contract for damages. However, in February of 2012 the church lost the lawsuit.

On September 19, an appeals court overruled the lower court decision, allowing the church to once again move forward with the lawsuit. However, Chun Kyung Kim, an elder of the church, said the church is currently “considering the next steps to take.”

This article has been translated by Rachael Lee. For the original in Korean, visit kr.christianitydaily.com.

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