By NADIA MOHARIB,
A judge's ruling has cleared the way for a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of a teenaged Jehovah's Witness who lost her fight with leukemia.
The claim seeking $800,000 in damages was filed by Lawrence Hughes, father of the late Bethany Hughes, in August 2004.
Now, however, a ruling by Court of Queen's Bench Justice Patricia Rowbotham on Friday means a scaled-down version of the claim by Hughes, acting as administrator of Bethany's estate, can continue against the Cross Cancer Institute, Alberta Cancer Board, doctors A. Robert Turner and Andrew Belch, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada and Watch Tower lawyers Shane Brady and David Gnam.
The judge ruled Hughes could not seek compensation for himself, but can sue on his daughter's behalf.
The lawyers would have to be found liable before the Watch Tower Society could potentially be held accountable, said lawyer Vaughn Marshall, who filed the original suit.
The statement of claim, as referred to by Rowbotham,
The judge also wrote in outlining the claims that because of their own
beliefs, they were not in a position to advise either in an objective, fully
informed manner that would enable
A statement of defence to the unproven allegations has yet to be filed in court.
The ruling is situated on the Alberta Courts Website: