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Appeals Court Refused to Dismiss a Former Employee’s Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Member access only

Discrimination; Employment Practices; First Amendment

Ex-Employee’s Lawsuit Against Church Fails Under Church Autonomy Doctrine Member access only

First Amendment

Court Barred by First Amendment from Resolving a Dismissed Minister’s Terminated Retirement Benefits Member access only

First Amendment; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes; Retirement Plans

Minnesota Court Rules on the Extent of First Amendment Protections for Church Discipline Member access only

Church Members; First Amendment

Exemption of Unemployment Services in the Employ of a Church Doesn't Violate First Amendment Member access only

Compensation and Benefits; First Amendment

Church Finance Disputes Member access only

Church Members; Defamation; First Amendment

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

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

Church Liability for Accounting Irregularities Member access only

First Amendment; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Can a Church Dismiss Members Who Sue the Church? Member access only

Church Members; First Amendment

Legal Requirements for Church Child Care Centers Member access only

First Amendment; Schools

Law Making Good Friday a Legal Holiday Does Not Violate the First Amendment Member access only

First Amendment; Freedom of Religion

Court Confirmed Civil Courts Are Prohibited from Resolving Church Property Disputes on the Basis of Religious Doctrine Member access only

Church Property; First Amendment

Father's First Amendment Rights not Violated by Requirement to Arrange for Child's Attendance at Roman Catholic Church Member access only

First Amendment; Freedom of Religion

Court Rejected School District's Claim that Allowing School Facilities to Be Used for Religious Purposes Would Violate the First Amendment Member access only

First Amendment; Freedom of Religion; Schools

Jehovah's Witness congregation could not sue the church for defamation Member access only

Defamation; First Amendment

Court Lacked Jurisdiction to Resolve the Claims of Parishioners Member access only

Church Members; First Amendment

Congress Extending Copyright Violated First Amendment Member access only

Copyright; First Amendment

Annual Display of a Nativity Violated the First Amendment Member access only

First Amendment

Court Struck Down Provisions that Permitted Religious Organizations to Use Federal Funds Member access only

First Amendment