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A California court ruled that a 6-year-old child could not be sued by an adult male against whom she made false accusations of child abuse.
Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
The South Carolina Supreme court ruled that church trustees lacked the authority to remove their pastor.
A Michigan court ruled that it was barred from resolving an internal church dispute since it could not do so without delving into church doctrine.
A federal court in Oregon rejected a minister’s claim of unlawful religious discrimination.
A Washington state appeals court ruled that a youth pastor's confession to a church elder that he had molested members of the church youth group was protected by the clergy-penitent privilege.
A Tennessee court ruled that a denominational agency did not commit unlawful race discrimination when it appointed a white male to a management position.
A California court ruled that a "sexual misconduct" exclusion in a school's liability insurance policy applied not only to a teacher who molested several students, but also to negligent supervision and negligent retention claims.
An Indiana court upheld a jury award of $17 million in a "slip and fall" case.
A New York court ruled that a church and denominational agency were not liable for a pastor's acts of child molestation.
A California court ruled that a pastor and church could not be liable for injuries allegedly suffered by a woman as a result of a consensual sexual relationship she had with the pastor.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that an employee of a manufacturing company who was injured on the job and awarded workers compensation benefits was engaging in fraud by accepting compensation for performing services as pastor of a church.
A New York court ruled that a teacher who failed to report a known case of child abuse could not be sued by the parents of the victim.
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the term “church” is not limited to buildings that are owned by a religious congregation, but also includes rented facilities.
A federal appeals court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom from resolving a claim that a church had engaged in unlawful sex discrimination.
A Massachusetts court ruled that the clergy-penitent privilege did not apply to a statement made by a murder suspect to the director of a Christian rehabilitation center.
A Washington court ruled that a school was not liable on the basis of "negligent misrepresentation" for not disclosing in letters of recommendation that a former employee had been reprimanded for inappropriate behavior.
A California court ruled that a pastor and his employing church could be liable on the basis of his sexual seduction of a female member of his congregation.
The Florida Supreme Court ruled that it was barred from resolving a woman's lawsuit claiming that she had been the victim of a priest's sexual misconduct.
A federal court in Kansas ruled that a school was not liable for a teacher’s sexual molestation of a child.
A Washington appeals court ruled that a church could recover its attorneys fees from an employee who filed a frivolous lawsuit against it.
A New York court ruled that a school was not liable for an injury to a child who was walking home from school.