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Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
A clause in a church deed limiting any future conveyance of the property to "Protestant evangelical churches" was not enforceable.
A church that dismissed a 47-year-old teacher for remarrying without first obtaining an annulment of a prior marriage could not be sued for age discrimination.
An employer's use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test in making employment decisions violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Church Property; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities
A Louisiana court ruled that the members of a school board could be personally liable for the sexual molestation of a 16-year-old girl that occurred on a school bus.
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that a person's entitlement to workers compensation benefits based on "total disability" was not affected by the receipt of wages for services performed as a music minister at his church.
Wills, Trusts, and Estates
An Indiana court addressed the important question of whether a designated gift to charity is legally enforceable.
New York's highest court ruled that a church and denominational agency were not liable for the sexual misconduct of a pastor.