Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 2008
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
North Carolina
Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Church Members Sue for Breach of Fiduciary Duties Member access only

Court rules that the First Amendment bars it from resolving the complaint.
Texas
Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling; Malpractice; Members - Discipline

Woman Sues Pastor for Divulging Confidential Information Member access only

Court rules that the First Amendment prevents it from resolving case.
California
Church Property Disputes

Church Disaffiliation Property Dispute Member access only

Court rules that national church holds title to local church’s property.
Massachusetts
Child Abuse Reporting; Clergy - Removal

The First Amendment and Church Employment Disputes Member access only

Courts are generally barred from resolving ministers’ employment claims.
Washington
Child Abuse Reporting; Clergy - Removal

Former Director of Evangelization Sues Diocese for Wrongful Termination Member access only

Courts generally cannot resolve church employment disputes.
Mississippi
Child Abuse Reporting

School Not Liable for Teacher's Molestation of Student Member access only

Court rules that the school lacked sufficient evidence to intervene.

Q&A

Q&A: Should Permission Slips Notarized? Member access only

It is a good idea to check with a few local youth organizations and public schools to what method they use to authenticate signatures.