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Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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A Church’s Insurance Did Not Provide Coverage for Its Pastor’s Sexual Abuse of a Minor Member access only

Insurance

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

Zoning

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

Income Taxes - Clergy

Priest Claimed Defamatory and False Statements Led to His Dismissal Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Ministerial Exception

In a Battle of Bylaws, Court’s Intervention with Pastor’s Firing Found Proper Member access only

Employment Practices

Protester Could Be Banned from Church Property—but Distance Restriction Found Improper Member access only

Church Property

Former School Counselor’s Discrimination Claims Barred by Ministerial Exception Member access only

Employment Practices; Ministerial Exception

A Church’s Insurer Was Not Obligated to Provide a Legal Defense for Congregant Facing a Lawsuit Member access only

Defamation

A Denominational Office Was Not Liable Because a Pastor Infected His Former Wife with HIV Member access only

Denominations - Legal Liability

Pastor Who Revealed Child’s Suicide During a Funeral Sermon Can’t Be Sued Member access only

Invasion of Privacy; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Court Barred by “Ministerial Exception” from Deciding a Gay Pastor’s Discrimination Lawsuit Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Ministerial Exception

Volunteer Youth Leader Sentenced to Five Years for Molesting Teen Girl Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

New Mexico Court: Child Abuse Reporting Laws Did Not Apply to Pastor’s Testimony Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Court Can Resolve Church Dispute over the Election of a New Pastor Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Business Meetings

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to Five Years for Violating Megan’s Law Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Intentional and Grossly Negligent Acts Negate Release Forms Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Court Allows Pastor’s Wrongful Dismissal Lawsuit to Proceed Member access only

Clergy - Removal

Defamation Claim Dismissed Due to Church’s “Qualified Privilege” Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Defamation

Sexual Abuse Victims Can Sue a Church and Regional Denominational Offices Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Court Could Resolve Malpractice Suit Against Deacon Member access only

Malpractice