Talk:Legal/Legal Fees Assistance Program/FAQ

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Query "baseless and unwarranted"[edit]

A major constraint is introduced, almost as an aside, at the end of the first answer: "... facilitating their ability to defend, if ever necessary, against baseless and unwarranted legal proceedings." (my itaclics)

Is it necessary to say this? An eligible person applying for LFAP assistance needs to make the case that the legal action they're defending is "baseless and unwarranted". In some cases, it would be very difficult to ascertain this. Tony (talk) 02:04, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

Hi Tony. The language that you mention is not in the program itself. It is intended to capture a number of considerations in the program, such as whether the user in a support role followed all relevant policies, etc. Given your feedback and the fact that, in the program, the Foundation retains the discretion to consider "any other relevant facts or circumstances," I will delete the words "baseless and unwarranted" to avoid confusion. Thanks. Geoffbrigham (talk) 09:35, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Regarding indemnity of volunteers[edit]

I believe that a number of states that have laws that say that volunteers for any organization are automatically indemnified by the host organization if the host meets certain criteria. How would this proposal interact with those laws that already provide indemnity to volunteers and hold the host organization automatically responsible for the actions of volunteers? Pine 07:56, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

Hi Pine. I believe you are referring to laws that charites, for example, may be liable for the acts of their volunteers in certain circumstances. In those cases, the volunteers work under the control and direction of the charity (similar to employees). That distinguishes our case. Our community does not work under the control and direction of the Foundation. Take care, Geoff Geoffbrigham (talk) 09:40, 6 September 2012 (UTC)