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Appellate Court: Age Discrimination Claim Against Church May Proceed Member access only

Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

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

'Ecclesiastical Abstention' Fails to Prevent School Employee's Discrimination Lawsuit Member access only

Employment Practices; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes; Schools

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

Breach of Contract; Defamation; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Ministerial Exception Prevents Court from Resolving Discrimination Lawsuit Member access only

Employment Practices; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

State Supreme Court Addresses Pastor's Rescinded Resignation Member access only

Breach of Contract; Clergy - Removal; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine Bars Court from Intervention in Dispute over Church Bylaw Compliance Member access only

Church Members; Clergy - Selection; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Church Membership Lawsuit Member access only

Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Church Liability for Accounting Irregularities Member access only

First Amendment; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes