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Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
StateTitle Category

Church School Not Liable for Alerting Parents of Fired Coach’s Ban from Campus Member access only

Invasion of Privacy

Child’s Injury Raises Questions of Church Liability Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Court Affirms Pastor’s Conviction, Sentence for Embezzlement

Fiduciary Duty

Court Sides with Church in Tax Delinquency Case Member access only

Taxation - Church Property

Court Cannot Rule on Sexual Harassment Claims from Church Employees Member access only

Ministerial Exception; Sexual Harassment

Court Barred from Deciding Pastor’s Breach of Contract Claim Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Court Affirms Massive Prison Sentence for Pastor Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Nebraska Case Underscores Importance of Knowing and Understanding State Marriage Laws Member access only


Discarding Relevant Video Evidence Leads to $500,000 Judgment Against School Member access only

Child Abuse; Church Records

Church’s Failure to Cooperate Results in Loss of Insurance Coverage for Storm Claim Member access only


A Church Loses Land to a Family That Maintained It for Years Member access only

Church Property

Understanding Restrictions Placed on Property Deeds Member access only

Church Property

Missouri Federal Court Further Defines “Ministerial Exception” Member access only

Ministerial Exception

Pastor Lacked Authority to Appoint Board Members Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Member Sickened from Food at Church Banquet Not Allowed to Sue Caterer Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Court Rejects Man’s Attempt to Claim an Invalid Marriage Member access only


Appeals Court Refused to Dismiss a Former Employee’s Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Member access only

Discrimination; Employment Practices; First Amendment

A Church’s Insurance Did Not Provide Coverage for Its Pastor’s Sexual Abuse of a Minor Member access only


Landowner Denied a Zoning Variance for the Creation of a Shooting Range Near a Church Member access only


US Tax Court Fines Pastor $2,500 for “Frivolous” Tax Argument Member access only

Income Taxes - Clergy