This section contains a summary of court decisions, administrative rulings, and legislative developments that directly affect churches and clergy. Court decisions reflect decisions of all state appellate courts and supreme courts, and all federal courts.
State trial court decisions are not reviewed since they are unpublished and have no value as legal precedent. All of these developments are important, but some are of vital significance. Therefore, each development should be reviewed carefully.
Note that there are many “key points” associated with Legal Developments. These are intended to help you more quickly comprehend the importance of each development. To help you go deeper on a specific topic or issue, the numbered key points in Legal Developments align with the numbered key points in Pastor, Church & Law, Fifth Edition (ChurchLawAndTaxStore.com) and the Legal Library available on ChurchLawAndTax.com.
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Court Affirms South Dakota Priest's Embezzlement Conviction
City Ordered to Pay Fees, Damages for RLUIPA Violation
Court: ADA Case Brought Against Religious School Allowed to Proceed
Minister Fined After Failing to Pay $25K in Income Tax
Church Property Held in New Jersey Bishop’s Name Still Tax-Exempt
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- Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers
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- Clergy - Removal
- Wills, Trusts, and Estates