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Lay Bible Study Leader Successfully Invokes Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling

Woman Sues Pastor for Divulging Confidential Information Member access only

Church Members; Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling; Malpractice

Counseling and Clergy Malpractice Member access only

Clergy - Removal; Clergy Malpractice; Counseling

Clergy-Penitent Privilege and Confidentiality Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling

Clergy-Penitent Privilege and Observations Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling

Woman Sues Church Elders for Advice She Received Member access only

Counseling

Malpractice Member access only

Clergy Malpractice; Counseling

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy Member access only

Counseling; Fiduciary Duty; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Husband Sues Church Over Wife's Affair with Minister Member access only

Counseling; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Churches' Liability After Out-of Court Settlements Member access only

Counseling; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Pastor Sued for Disclosing Confidential Information Member access only

Clergy Malpractice; Counseling; Defamation; Invasion of Privacy

Church and Pastor Sued Over Child Molestation Member access only

Counseling; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

School's Liability for a Student's Suicide Member access only

Counseling

Teacher Seduces High School Student Member access only

Counseling; Schools

Counselors' Liability for Counselees' Actions Member access only

Counseling

Woman Sues Church Over Molestation by Former Pastor Member access only

Counseling; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Woman Sues Church Over Affair with Pastor Member access only

Clergy Malpractice; Counseling

Church Liability for the Sexual Misconduct of Ministers Member access only

Counseling; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Psychologist Loses License for Religious Counseling Member access only

Counseling

False Accusations of Child Abuse Are Subject to Legal Recourse Member access only

Counseling