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Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2003
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Child Abuse - Part 1 Subscriber access only

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.

Church Business Meetings Subscriber access only

The South Carolina Supreme court ruled that church trustees lacked the authority to remove their pastor.

Church Membership Subscriber access only

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.

Clergy Selection Subscriber access only

A federal court in Oregon rejected a minister’s claim of unlawful religious discrimination.

Confidential and Privileged Communications - Part 1 Subscriber access only

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.

Employment Practices - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Tennessee court ruled that a denominational agency did not commit unlawful race discrimination when it appointed a white male to a management position.

Insurance Subscriber access only

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.

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

An Indiana court upheld a jury award of $17 million in a "slip and fall" case.

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

A New York court ruled that a church and denominational agency were not liable for a pastor's acts of child molestation.

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

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.

Workers Compensation - Part 1 Subscriber access only

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.

Child Abuse - Part 2 Subscriber access only

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.

Churches—Definition Subscriber access only

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.

Clergy Removal Subscriber access only

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.

Confidential and Privileged Communications - Part 2 Subscriber access only

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.

Employment Practices - Part 2 Subscriber access only

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.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 3 Subscriber access only

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.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 4 Subscriber access only

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.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 5 Subscriber access only

A federal court in Kansas ruled that a school was not liable for a teacher’s sexual molestation of a child.

Workers Compensation - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A Washington appeals court ruled that a church could recover its attorneys fees from an employee who filed a frivolous lawsuit against it.

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

A New York court ruled that a school was not liable for an injury to a child who was walking home from school.

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20 Finance Questions Churches Ask

20 Finance Questions Churches Ask Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar shares his answers to 20 of the most widely asked and relevant tax and finance questions for church leaders.
Managing Church Facility Use

Managing Church Facility Use  Subscriber access only

Find insights to equip your church to host members and strangers.