NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court has dismissed the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, N.Y., from a Vermont lawsuit.
The lawsuit was brought by a man who said he was abused by a priest in Vermont in the late 1980s.
A few New York priests have occasionally conducted worship services in Vermont.
A judge there said the Albany diocese should be part of the lawsuit. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that was "clearly erroneous."
It has directed the lower court to dismiss the Albany diocese as a defendant.
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