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First Amendment Bars Court from Resolving Dismissed Member’s Lawsuit Member access only

Church Members; Defamation

Church Protected by “Qualified Privilege” from Defamation Claims by Minister Member access only

Defamation; Sexual Harassment; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Pastor's Age Discrimination Claim Against a Denominational Agency Was Barred by the "Ministerial Exception."

Breach of Contract; Defamation; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Court Rules First Amendment Bars Its Involvement in Defamation Claim Against Couple’s Former Pastor and Church Member access only

Church Members; Defamation

Victims of Alleged Defamation Can Compel Internet Service Provider to Disclose Anonymous Poster’s Identity  Member access only

Defamation

Pastor's Letter to Congregation about Former Member's Lawsuit Was Not Defamatory Due to Factual Nature Member access only

Defamation

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

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Defamation

Anonymous Online Posting May Not Safeguard Individuals from Defamation Claims, Disclosure of Identity Member access only

Defamation

Church Board Guilty of Defamation Member access only

Defamation

First Amendment Doesn't Keep Court from Resolving Defamation Claims Member access only

Defamation

Ministerial Exception Prevents Courts from Making Defamation Charges Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Defamation; Employment Practices

Church Member Sues Pastor for Defamation Member access only

Defamation; Fiduciary Duty

Defamation and Proof of Injury to Reputation Member access only

Defamation

Defamation in Church Business Meetings Member access only

Defamation

Defamation Claim Against Church Member access only

Board Members - Removal; Defamation; Minutes

Employee Injured While Commuting to Work Member access only

Board Members - Removal; Defamation; Minutes

Avoiding Defamation Lawsuits Member access only

Defamation; Invasion of Privacy

Pastor Sues Former Church for Defamation Member access only

Defamation; Invasion of Privacy

Informing Church Members of Disciplinary Action Member access only

Church Members; Defamation

Church Finance Disputes Member access only

Church Members; Defamation; First Amendment