'Feed The Children' settlement may be afoot in Oklahoma City charity tiff

NOLAN CLAY Modified: March 5, 2009 at 10:03 am •  Published: March 5, 2009
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The legal fight for control of Feed The Children may be decided by a settlement.

Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish called off a hearing set for today because attorneys told her they were "exploring ways to resolve some or all of the issues.”

The controversial charity is headquartered in Oklahoma City.

Founder Larry Jones has been at odds with most of the charity’s longtime directors. In early December, Jones had six directors kicked off the board because they planned to put him on sabbatical.

A new board was created, consisting mostly of prominent pastors from across the country. Five of the ousted directors filed a lawsuit Jan. 30.

At a hearing Feb. 23, the judge reinstated the five directors who had sued. She also threw out the new directors. She ordered the reinstated directors not to take action against Jones.

"The hearing ... has been postponed. The previous order remains in place, which allows Larry and the rest of the organization to continue carrying out their mission during this time,” said Jim Webb, an attorney for Jones and his wife. "The postponement provides necessary time to review the issues in this case.”

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