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A Connecticut court ruled that church elders who counseled with a woman could not be sued for their advice to remain with her abusive husband.
Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
A California court ruled that an employee who was fired for using his office computer to access pornographic websites on the Internet was barred from suing his employer for wrongful termination.
A California court ruled that a school counselor who reported suspected child abuse to civil authorities could not be sued for defamation and emotional distress.
A Michigan court dismissed a lawsuit brought by a pastor against members of his church who were attempting to remove him as pastor.
A Texas court ruled that it could not resolve an internal church dispute on the basis of the church’s constitution and bylaws.
The United States Supreme Court ruled that publishers cannot place the contents of magazines and other periodicals in online electronic databases and on CD-ROMs without obtaining the permission of writers.
An Ohio court ruled that a church could be sued for discrimination and breach of contract as a result of its termination of a music director.
A federal court in New York ruled that an “auto exclusion” in a church insurance policy left a church without insurance to cover the death of one child and serious injuries to another.
A Missouri court ruled that a church was not liable, on the basis of negligent supervision, for the sexual molestation of a child by a church's youth pastor.
A New York court ruled that a school was not liable for the molestation of two children by a teacher while attending a party in the victims’ home that was sponsored by their parents.
A California court ruled that a school was responsible for an off-campus injury to a student.
A New York court upheld the validity of a state law making it a crime to operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone.