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Pastor Guilty of Securities Fraud Member access only

Embezzlement

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

Church Finances

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

Embezzlement

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

Teachers at a Religious Preschool Not Considered Ministers Member access only

Employment Practices

Churchgoer’s Criminal Stalking Conviction Vacated Due to Free Speech Concerns Member access only

Church Membership

Appellate Court: Age Discrimination Claim Against Church May Proceed Member access only

Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Victim May Sue Religious School and Its Leaders for Failing to Report Abuse, Court Says

Child Abuse Reporting