Groups linked to convicted evangelist Tony Alamo want a judge to rule they are immune from being sued because they operate as charities.
The organizations are tied to Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and are being sued by seven women who claim they were physically and sexually abused by Alamo when they were children.
The case is to go to trial in January.
The lawsuit also names ministry-controlled businesses and high-ranking ministry members as defendants.
An attorney for the women says the defendants should have raised the immunity issue earlier.
Alamo was convicted of bringing girls across state lines for sex and is serving a 175-year federal prison sentence.