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Pastor Lacked Authority to Appoint Board Members Member access only

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

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

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Business Meetings

Decision Reinforces When Courts Can—or Can't—Resolve Church Bylaws Disputes Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Business Meetings

Mosque Members’ Lawsuit Concerning Financial Improprieties Must Be Resolved By Binding Arbitration Due to Mosque Bylaws’ Arbitration Clause Member access only

Arbitration; Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws

The Extent of "Qualified Privilege" and the Legal Consequences of Violating Bylaws Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Defamation

Churches' Right to Remove Clergy Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Clergy - Removal

Removal of Church Board Members Member access only

Breach of Contract; Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Court Intervention in Church Legal Disputes Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Members

Court Intervention in Church Legal Disputes Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Members

Expelled Church Members Sue Church, Directors and Officers Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Members

Church Property and Denominational Ownership Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Property

Bylaws, Constitutions, and Charters Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Business Meetings

First Amendment Bars the Civil Courts from Intervening in Church Elections Member access only

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

Constitution, Bylaws and Charters Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws

Court Ruled Church's Property Belonged to the Parent Denomination Because of Nondoctrinal, Controlling Language in Both the Local Church's Deed and in the Denomination's Bylaws Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Property

Court Concluded That a Motion to Fire a Minister Was Invalid Because of Improper Notification Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Clergy - Removal

Court Was Able to Rule in a Church Issue Involving Church Funds and the Appointment of a New Minister Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Clergy - Removal

Court Ruled Church's Property Was Not Owned by the Denomination Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Property

Church Property Ownership Dispute Between a Church and the National Denomination Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Property

Court Ruled It Was Proper to Inquire Whether a Congregational Meeting Was Preceded by Adequate Notice to the Full Membership Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Church Business Meetings