WoFF Files for Fees & Sanctions; Alienation of Affection Claims Dismissed

On November 13, 2018 Word of Faith Fellowship’s attorney, Josh Farmer, filed a motion for attorney’s fees in the amount of $3432.38 and $40 in court costs. The church had been named as a defendant along with individual church members in an alienation of affection suit filed by former member Chad Cooper.

Cooper v WFF - 20181113 - Motion for Attorneys Fees & Sanctions

Chad Cooper has since agreed to dismiss his alienation of affection claims against the remaining defendants with prejudice. Dismissal with prejudice means the plaintiff is barred from filing another case on the same claim. Dismissal with prejudice is a final judgment.

Cooper had already dismissed charges against the Word of Faith Fellowship church. There were no monetary exchanges between the parties.

Chad W. Cooper filed a “Complaint and Petition for Relief for Alienation of Affection” on May 15, 2018 in Rutherford County Court . This Complaint outlines claims against: Jayne Caulder, David Caulder, Jane Whaley and Sam Whaley, Brooke and Kent Covington, Amy Mattos and the Word of Faith Fellowship (Inc.) (WOFF). Accusations against the defendants include that they “willfully, actively, wrongfully and intentionally interfered with the marital relationship” of Chad Cooper and Lauren (Caulder) Cooper.

The case detailed claims of:

  • inappropriate and lewd relations between Lauren Cooper and Defendant, Amy Mattos. (Both were married at the time.)
  • defendants …actively conspired and maliciously plotted to drive perceived doubt, mistrust, and lies about plaintiff to cause separation which ended in divorce.”
  • In 2016, the defendants suspected that Plaintiff and Lauren Cooper were showing more love for each other than for the church and thus took severe, unprovoked, malicious and criminal activity against the Plaintiff.
  • Lauren Cooper was held against her will at the home of Brooke and Kent Covington, where all the defendants conspired to cause the divorce of Plaintiff from his wife. …

Cooper is legally required to file a dismissal within a week.