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A Teacher Was Not Barred from Suing a Christian College for Discrimination Member access only

Ministerial Exception

Church Not Responsible for Hayride Injuries Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

A Fired Pastor’s Defamation Suit Is Dismissed Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Defamation

Employee Can Sue Church-Affiliated Organization for Disability Discrimination Member access only

Employment Practices

Pastor Denied Injunction Aimed at Stopping Online Critic Member access only

Defamation

Why Churches Should Report Criminal Activities Member access only

Child Abuse Reporting; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church Loses Property after Violating Deed Restriction Member access only

Church Property

Churches Sued for Damages to a Neighboring Property Member access only

Church Property

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 Member access only

Income Taxes - Clergy