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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2002
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Child Abuse Reporting Subscriber access only

A Texas court ruled that a pastor was legally required to report to civil authorities the confession of a counselee that he had molested his three children.

Church Business Meetings Subscriber access only

A Florida court ruled that a church board's attempts to amend the articles of incorporation were invalid because procedural requirements were not followed.

Church Property - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Florida court ruled that a student who refused to return a school-owned laptop computer could be charged with theft.

Church Property - Part 2 Subscriber access only

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that a local church maintained ownership of its property following its disaffiliation from a parent denomination.

Church Records Subscriber access only

A New York court ruled that a church member had the legal authority to inspect church records despite the pastor's refusal to allow him to do so.

Confidential and Privileged Communications Subscriber access only

A Texas court ruled that statements made by a church member to his pastor when confronted by the pastor about allegations of inappropriate behavior with children were not protected against disclosure in court.

Copyright Subscriber access only

A federal court in Texas addressed the question of what recipes can be placed in a cookbook without violating the copyright law.

Denominational Agencies—Legal Liability - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Connecticut court ruled that a denominational agency was not required to seek out information concerning the prior sexual misconduct of a non-employee.

Denominational Agencies—Legal Liability - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A Missouri court affirmed a jury verdict of $1 million against a denominational officer who sexually harassed a female minister.

Employment Practices - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A New York court ruled that disparaging statements made by a minister about a member of his congregation when asked by a prospective employer for a reference were not defamatory.

Employment Practices - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A federal court in Wisconsin ruled that it was barred from resolving a former church music director's claim that she had been wrongfully terminated by the church on account of her race.

Freedom of Religion - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A California court ruled that a Christian student group's rights under the federal Equal Access Act were violated by a public school district's decision to ban them from school premises.

Freedom of Religion - Part 2 Subscriber access only

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled that a city's decision to "condemn" church property through the power of eminent domain did not violate the church's first amendment rights.

Insurance Subscriber access only

A Michigan court ruled that a church insurance policy's "counseling endorsement" provided coverage for a lawsuit brought by a husband and wife against their pastor.

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

A Louisiana court ruled that a school was legally responsible for the rape of a 12-year-old girl who had been allowed to leave school premises during school hours.

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

A New Jersey court ruled that a state charitable immunity law prevented a woman from suing a church as a result of injuries she suffered when she tripped on a sidewalk adjacent to the church.

Privacy Subscriber access only

A Pennsylvania court ruled that email messages are not protected by any privacy interests.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 1 Subscriber access only

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that a charity could not be liable for an employee's sexual assault because it had no knowledge of any prior misconduct.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A Florida court ruled that a church was not liable, on the basis of respondeat superior or negligent supervision, for the rape of a 16-year-old girl by the senior pastor of her church.

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Starting a Disaster Response Ministry

Starting a Disaster Response Ministry Subscriber access only

Safely and effectively serve people whose lives have been overturned by a disaster.
Juvenile Offenders in the Church

Juvenile Offenders in the Church Subscriber access only

How to protect children from juveniles who sexually abuse other children.