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Church Law & Tax Report

September/October 2000
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Articles

United States Supreme Court Issues Three Important Rulings  Member access only

What church leaders need to know.

Recent Developments

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

Church Membership Member access only

An Illinois court ruled that it was barred from resolving a lawsuit by a former church member challenging various actions taken by the church's board of elders in disciplining him.

Employment Practices - Part 1 Member access only

A New York court ruled that it was prevented from resolving a lawsuit brought by former church employees challenging their dismissal by the church.

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities - Part 1 Member access only

A Louisiana court ruled that a church was partially responsible for a $27 million verdict based on the death of one child and serious injuries to two other children.

Schools Member access only

An Ohio court ruled that a church-operated private school did not violate the legal rights of an 8th-grade student who was suspended temporarily.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Member access only

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a church and diocese could not be legally responsible for a priest's repeated acts of child molestation occurring off of church premises.

Workers Compensation Member access only

An Alabama court ruled that a pastor who had been injured in a job-related automobile accident may be entitled to recover workers compensation benefits.

Employment Practices - Part 2 Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom prevented it from resolving a sex discrimination claim.

Employment Practices - Part 3 Member access only

A federal court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom from applying the federal age discrimination law to a 68-year-old priest.

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities - Part 2 Member access only

The Oklahoma Supreme Court addressed the important question of whether a church can be liable for the death of a passenger in a church vehicle.

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities - Part 3 Member access only

A New York court ruled that a religious organization that owned a camp was not legally responsible for injuries sustained by a 12-year-old camper.