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Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2004
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar

Child Abuse Member access only

A Mississippi court ruled that the principal of a church school who reported a suspected case of child abuse to state authorities could not be sued by the parents of the child.
Child Abuse; Child Abuse Reporting

Child Abuse Member access only

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that a person who reported suspected child abuse to the authorities could not be sued by the alleged perpetrator.
Child Abuse; Child Abuse Reporting

Child Abuse Member access only

A Florida court ruled that a victim of child abuse cannot sue a mandatory child abuse reporter who knew of the abuse but failed to report it.

Church Property Member access only

A North Carolina court ruled that the property of a local church that voted to withdraw from a denomination automatically vested in the denomination because of a "trust" provision in the denomination's canons.

Officers, Directors, and Trustees - Part 1 Member access only

An Illinois court ruled that board members could be personally liable for the molestation of a child on a school bus.

Officers, Directors, and Trustees - Part 2 Member access only

A New York court ruled that the officers of a nonprofit organization violated their fiduciary duties and could be removed from office.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers Member access only

An Ohio court ruled that a denominational agency was not liable on the basis of negligence for a pastor's sexual misconduct involving a member of his congregation.

Workers Compensation Member access only

The Delaware Superior Court ruled that workers compensation was the sole remedy available to a teenage counselor at a church camp who was sexually molested.