PHILADELPHIA – A church is suing a Conestoga couple over control of the church's website.
St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church and St. Philip the Apostle Parish Charitable Trust filed a complaint on May 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Robert J. Anspach Jr., doing business as Anspach Media, and Kimberly Anspach alleging unfair competition and false designation and other counts.
According to the complaint, St. Philip Parish retained Robert J. Anspach Jr. in 2017 to redesign and optimize its website and provide related services and paid $5,000. The plaintiffs allege that the defendant failed to update information but instead copied the website's content and moved it to a newer search engine-optimized website.
The suit states the defendant was terminated from his management of the website on Jan. 17 and related services. The plaintiffs allege the defendants shut down the website without permission, resurrected it again without authorization, and have prevented the defendants from operating or controlling it.
The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. They are represented by Jeffrey D. Bukowski of Stevens & Lee PC in Reading.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 5:19-CV-01865