Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 1999
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Feature Article

The Religious Liberty and Charitable Donation Protection Act of 1998 Member access only

A federal law protects the charitable giving of donors who declare bankruptcy

Church Guide to "New Hire" Reporting Member access only

Most churches are subject to new federal reporting requirements

Defamation of Pastors Member access only

A Louisiana court issues an important decision-Steed v. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1999 WL 92626 (La. App. 1999)

Articles

Recent Developments

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

Recent Developments in Texas Regarding Bankruptcy Member access only

A Texas state court ruled that the recently enacted Religious Freedom and Charitable Donation Protection Act of 1998 prevented a creditor from recovering contributions made by a bankrupt debtor to his church.
Alabama

Recent Developments in Alabama Regarding Church Property Member access only

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that a local church, rather than a parent denomination, owned title to church property following a vote by the church to withdraw from the denomination.
Alabama

Recent Developments in Mississippi Regarding Church Property Member access only

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that a local congregation, rather than a parent denomination, was the legal owner of church property.
Indiana

Recent Developments in Indiana Regarding Church Reportig Obligations Member access only

A federal court in Indiana ruled that an independent church was not exempt from paying more than $5 million in unpaid payroll taxes.
Ohio

Recent Developments in Ohio Regarding Clergy Removal Member access only

An Ohio court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving an internal church dispute regarding the tenure of the pastor.
Federal

Recent Developments by a Federal Appeals Court Regarding Confidential and Privileged Communications Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a prosecutor violated the legal rights of a priest by secretly tape recording a penitential conversation between the priest and an inmate at a county jail.
Indiana

Recent Development in Indiana Regarding Employment Practices Member access only

A federal court in Indiana rejected the claims of a 61-year-old employee of a church-operated hospital that she had been a victim of age discrimination.
Louisiana

Recent Developments in Louisiana Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Member access only

A Louisiana court ruled that a community college was legally responsible for a professor's rape of a student, because it failed to conduct a background check before hiring him.
Ohio

Recent Developments by a Federal Appeals Court Regarding Employment Practices Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a church-affiliated university did not commit unlawful discrimination when it dismissed a professor in its divinity school.
Federal

Recent Developments by a Federal Appeals Court Regarding Insurance Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a church insurance policy provided coverage for alleged acts of child molestation.
Federal

Recent Developments by a Federal Appeals Court Regarding Insurance for Termination-Related Lawsuits Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a church's insurance policy did not cover lawsuits arising from the employment relationship.

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