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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 1999
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Feature Article

The Discipline of Nonmembers Subscriber access only

A Michigan court issues an important ruling-Smith v. Calvary Christian Church, 1998 WL 842259 (Mich. App. 1998) [Invasion of Privacy, Church Members,The Establishment Clause]

Articles

Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Recent Developments in Texas Regarding Church Property Subscriber access only

A Texas court ruled that the members of a church that voted to dissolve could sue their pastor for fraud in connection with the disposition of the church's property.
Florida

Recent Developments in Florida Regarding Clergy Removal Subscriber access only

A Florida court ruled that a church board properly removed a pastor without a congregational vote.
Georgia

Recent Developments in Georgia Regarding Clergy Removal Subscriber access only

A Georgia court ruled that the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom prevented it from resolving a lawsuit brought by a minister challenging the legality of his removal by his church.
Missouri

Recent Developments in Missouri Regarding Officers, Directors, and Trustees Subscriber access only

A Missouri court ruled that it was prevented by the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom from resolving a lawsuit brought by ousted church officers challenging the legal validity of their removal.
New Jersey

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

A New Jersey court ruled that a church may be liable for injuries sustained by a neighborhood child while playing on church premises.
Minnesota

Recent Developments in Minnesota Regarding Personal Injuries Subscriber access only

A Minnesota court ruled that a school district acted properly in dismissing rather than temporarily suspending an elementary school custodian for inappropriate behavior with children.
Missouri

Recent Developments in Missouri Regarding Sexual Misconduct Subscriber access only

A Missouri court ruled that a public school board acted properly in dismissing a teacher for immoral conduct rendering him unfit to teach.
South Carolina

Recent Developments in South Carolina Regarding Personal Injuries Subscriber access only

A South Carolina court ruled that a church was not liable for injuries sustained by a person when he was attacked on church property.
Oklahoma

Recent Developments in Oklahoma Regarding Releases Subscriber access only

An Oklahoma court ruled that a release signed by a skydiving student prevented him from suing a skydiving facility following an accident in which he was severely injured.
Iowa

Recent Developments in Iowa Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Subscriber access only

A federal court in Iowa ruled that a woman who had been seduced by a priest could not sue her church and diocese for violating the federal Violence Against Women Act.
Washington

Recent Developments in Washington Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Subscriber access only

A Washington state court ruled that the statute of limitations prevented an adult male from suing his church and a denominational agency for injuries he suffered as a child when he was molested by his pastor.
Massachusetts

Recent Developments in Massachusetts Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Subscriber access only

A Massachusetts court ruled that a diocese probably was not liable for the sexual molestation of a child by a priest more than twenty years ago.
Florida

Recent Developments in Florida Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Subscriber access only

A Florida court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving a woman's lawsuit claiming that she had been the victim of a priest's sexual misconduct.
Wisconsin

Recent Developments in Wisconsin Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Subscriber access only

A Wisconsin court ruled that the statute of limitations barred an adult from suing a church and diocese for injuries he allegedly sustained as a result of a priest's acts of child molestation.
Kentucky

Recent Developments in Kentucky Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Subscriber access only

A Kentucky court ruled that an adult who had been sexually molested as a minor by a teacher at a parochial school could sue the diocese that operated the school for negligent hiring, supervision, and retention
Washington, D.C.

Recent Developments in the District of Columbia Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Subscriber access only

A court in the District of Columbia ruled that three adults were barred by the statute of limitations from suing an archdiocese for injuries they suffered as a result of being molested by a priest when they were minors.
Connecticut

Recent Developments in the Connecticut Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Subscriber access only

A federal court in Connecticut ruled that the statute of limitations did not necessarily prevent an adult from suing a diocese for injuries he allegedly suffered as a minor when he was molested by a priest.
Rhode Island

Recent Developments in the Rhode Island Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Subscriber access only

A federal court in Rhode Island ruled that the first amendment did not prevent it from resolving a lawsuit brought by victims of clergy sexual misconduct against church officials.
Indiana

Recent Developments in Indiana Regarding the Taxation of Church Property Subscriber access only

An Indiana court ruled that a church-owned building was exempt from property taxation even though it was not currently being used for exempt purposes.
Indiana

Recent Developments in Indiana Regarding Unincorporated Churches Subscriber access only

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled that members of an unincorporated church can sue their church for injuries they suffer on church property or in the course of church activities.

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Understanding Unrelated Business Income

Understanding Unrelated Business Income Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar explains how to compute and report unrelated business income.
Immigration & the Church

Immigration & the Church Subscriber access only

Keep your church safe and legal and as you strive to serve the immigrant communities in your context.