Landmark $22.5 Million Verdict: James River Church Found Negligent in Student’s Injury on Campus

Ozark, Missouri – A jury in Christian County has ordered James River Church to pay $22.5 million in damages following a 2019 incident that left a man injured on the church’s campus. Cooper Heishman, a student at James River College, was struck by a car while walking at night along a public access road near the church. The plaintiff argued that the church, which police confirmed owned the roadway, was negligent in failing to provide a sidewalk or adequate lighting. The lawsuit claimed that Heishman, who was 19 at the time, sustained severe and permanent … Read more