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Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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Sexual Harassment Claim by a Minister Dismissed for Lack of Proof Member access only

Sexual Harassment

Pastor Left Without Retirement Benefits Sues Church Member access only

Income Taxes - Clergy

Youth Pastor Sentenced to Up to 12 Years for Secretly Video Recording Four Girls Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Former Youth Leader Convicted for Attempting to Engage Minors in Sexting Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Pastor Guilty of Securities Fraud Member access only

Fraud

Church Was Not Legally Responsible for a Man Injured on Its Property Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Sexting Contributed to Court’s Sentencing a Man to a 52-Year Prison Term Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Pastor’s Conversation with the Defendant Allowed in Murder Case Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Pastor Allowed to Testify at a Man’s Sexual Abuse Trial Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Are Ministers Always Exempt from State-Required Counseling Licenses? Member access only

Malpractice

Music Director’s Duties Fall “Squarely Within the Ministerial Exception” Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

A Church’s Tax-Exempt Status Does Not Extend to Its Minister

Income Taxes - Clergy

Defendant's Meeting with Pastor Was Not for Spiritual Advice Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

A Christian Ministry’s Fundraising Violated Federal Securities Laws Member access only

Fraud

A Murder Confession to a Pastor Not Considered Privileged Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Pastor Guilty of Embezzling Funds from a Local PTA Member access only

Fraud

Christian College Not Liable for Sexual Misconduct of Former Student Hired by a Church Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

A Nearly $22 Million Verdict for Sexual Abuse Not Excessive, Affirms Federal Appeals Court Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Woman Could Sue Her Former High School for Negligent Supervision in Abuse Claim Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Member's Arrest Justified Member access only

Criminal Liability