Cases & Deals

Court grants Make-A-Wish Foundation's motion for summary judgment dismissing all claims against charity and five individual defendants

Clients The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

Catherine Martens, a former President and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation sued the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and several individual defendants after she was terminated for cause in March 2010. Make-A-Wish Foundation of America is a charity that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Ms. Martens' complaint contained allegations of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress ("IIED"), civil conspiracy, and tortious interference with contractual relations. She sought over $4 million in damages. On November 22, 2011, after previously granting defendants' motion to dismiss the IIED claim, Judge Titus of the U.S. District Court of Maryland granted defendants' motion for summary judgment on all of Ms. Martens' remaining claims.

U.S. District Court of Maryland, Case No. 8:10-cv-01121-RWT