Judge Robert Kwan in Los Angeles ruled that Schuller, his wife, daughter and son-in-law did not provide evidence to back most of their claims.
Schuller and his wife, Arvella, filed a number of claims, including a $5 million claim for breach of contract and another for an unspecified amount for copyright infringements.
Kwan rejected most of the claims and instead awarded $615,625 to Schuller and nothing to his wife.
The Settlement Details are as follows:
The judge allowed the Rev. Robert H. Schuller $615,625, but granted nothing to his wife.
Here’s the breakdown:
•$118,993 for one year of housing allowance;
•$20,066 for one year of health insurance premiums;
•$198,262 for one year of compensation;
•$55,226 for unpaid housing allowance owed prior to the cathedral’s bankruptcy;
•$223,078 for unpaid compensation prior to bankruptcy.
After the creditors are paid, any remaining money will go to the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, which sold its Garden Grove campus to the Catholic Diocese of Orange and is looking to move to another site next summer.
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At the heart of the case were claims for breach of contract, copyright infringements and intellectual property rights.
The Schullers argued that for decades they generously donated their books and other materials to benefit the Crystal Cathedral. But the ministry exploited their intellectual property, the Schullers said.
When they retired, Schuller entered into a transition agreement with the ministry that would compensate him for the rest of his life and he would continue his role as ambassador to the ministry. Both Schuller and his wife are in their 80s. But after the Crystal Cathedral entered bankruptcy, all payments stopped.
The only remaining Schuller at the cathedral is grandson Bobby, a visiting Sunday pastor whose sermons are viewed on the “Hour of Power.”