Church Law & Tax Report
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Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Trademarking a Church Name
A federal appeals court ruled that the registered trademark “Church of the Creator” was a descriptive rather than a “generic” mark that was entitled to legal protection.
A Connecticut court ordered a national church to return control of a local church to the congregation.
A federal court in Texas ruled that the first amendment prohibited it from resolving a wrongful dismissal and “racketeering” claim brought by a pastor against his denomination.
Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; First Amendment; Officers, Directors, and Trustees
First Amendment Bars the Civil Courts from Intervening in Church Elections
A New Jersey court ruled that a trial court acted improperly in overseeing a church business meeting and the election of a pastor.