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January/February 1998
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Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Federal

Recent Developments in Federal Court Regarding Ascending Liability Subscriber access only

A federal appeals court has provided a useful list of factors to consider in determining whether or not a "parent" corporation is legally responsible for the liabilities and obligations of a "subsidiary" or affiliate.
Kansas

Recent Developments in Kansas Regarding Ascending Liability Subscriber access only

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a parent corporation was not liable for injuries suffered by an employee of a subsidiary corporation, since the two entities were not sufficiently interrelated.
Mississippi

Recent Developments in Mississippi Regarding Ascending Liability Subscriber access only

A federal court in Mississippi ruled that a parent corporation was not legally responsible for the liabilities of a subsidiary corporation.
Federal

Recent Developments in Federal Court Regarding Clergy Removal Subscriber access only

A federal appeals court ruled that it had no authority to resolve a "wrongful termination" claim brought by a minister against a religious employer.
Federal

Recent Developments in Federal Court Regarding Employment Practices Subscriber access only

A federal court dismissed a race and sex discrimination claim brought by a former employee against a church agency on the ground that he failed to demonstrate that his dismissal was discriminatory or that the church treated white employees more favorably.
New York

Recent Developments in New York Regarding Employment Practices Subscriber access only

A federal district court in New York ruled that a church agency did not violate the Family and Medical Leave Act by dismissing an employee whose investment decisions resulted in a loss of $8 million in church funds.
Texas

Recent Developments in Texas Regarding Employment Practices Subscriber access only

A federal court in Texas ruled that a church could collect court costs that it paid in successfully defending itself in a lawsuit.
Ohio

Recent Developments in Ohio Regarding Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities Subscriber access only

An Ohio court ruled that a church was not responsible for injuries sustained by a minor who was injured while trespassing on church property.
Illinois

Recent Developments in Illinois Regarding Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities Subscriber access only

An Illinois court ruled that a church could be liable for injuries sustained by participants in a "treasure hunt."
Florida

Recent Developments in Florida Regarding Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities Subscriber access only

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that a funeral home was responsible for injuries sustained by a woman who was involved in an accident while driving her vehicle through a red light at a busy intersection as part of a funeral procession.
New York

Recent Developments in New York Regarding Sexual Harassment Subscriber access only

A New York court ruled that a charity were liable for an executive officer's acts of sexual harassment.

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Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards Subscriber access only

Be aware of ways you can expose yourself to personal legal liability.