In December 2011, a Multnomah County judge found the group of Golden Temple managers was unjustly enriched by a 2007 corporate restructuring that shifted 90 percent of ownership in Golden Temple to the executives and away from the Sikh Dharma
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Three ministers in the Sikh Dharma
religious community, including one from Eugene, have sued Portland attorney Roy Lambert, as well as one of Oregon's largest law firms, for at least $115 million in a case involving a Eugene food company.
Two of the Sikh Dharma
ministers who brought that earlier case, Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa and Avtar Hari Singh Khalsa, both of New Mexico, have joined Viriam Singh Khalsa, a minister in Eugene, to sue Roy Lambert and the law firm Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt.
I think (the ruling is) a really good victory for the private plaintiffs and the Sikh community," said John McGrory, attorney for the Sikh Dharma
Presentations will be made by Eugene Brahama Kumaris, Eugene Sikh Dharma
, Trinity United Methodist Church, the Baha'i faith, the Muslim community, Native American Apsaalooke Nation, Cascade Center for Spiritual Living, Roman Catholic faith and Temple Beth Israel.
It was the first day of what is expected to be a four-week trial in a standing-room-only Multnomah County Circuit Court room, which was packed with Sikh Dharma
adherents wearing their distinctive white clothing and turbans.
Those students built and donated to the Sikh Dharma
religious community several successful businesses, including Golden Temple in Eugene and Akal Security, a security services firm in Espanola, N.
Bibiji alleged that once they secured their power, members of the management board - Unto Infinity, which includes Golden Temple CEO Kartar Singh Khalsa - enriched themselves and Golden Temple managers at the expense of the Sikh Dharma
Both lawsuits, filed earlier this year in Multnomah County Circuit Court, allege that "Unto Infinity," a four-member board charged with overseeing the religious community's assets after Yogi Bhajan's death in 2004, broke their fiduciary duties to safeguard the assets of the Sikh Dharma
We have reviewed it (the attorney general's complaint) and we agree with the allegations, and we think that it presents many of the same issues that are presented in our own case," said attorney John McGrory, who represents the Sikh Dharma
religious leaders in a separate lawsuit against Unto Infinity and other defendants in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Both actions arise out of the wrongful taking of assets belonging to the Sikh Dharma
religious community and to the breach of fiduciary duties by the defendants, named in both actions, following the death in 2004 of the Siri Singh Sahib, the leader of the Sikh Dharma
community in the United States," the motion said.