Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
StateTitle Category

Defendant's Meeting with Pastor Was Not for Spiritual Advice Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Murder Suspect's Statements to Church Employee Not Privileged Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

First Amendment Religion Clauses Prohibit Court from Resolving Confidential Communications Claim

Confidential and Privileged Communications

National, Regional Denominational Agencies Not Legally Responsible for Child’s Brain Damage Incurred at Affiliated Church Member access only

Denominations - Legal Liability; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Louisiana Court Affirms Decade Sentence for Church Volunteer Convicted of Molestation Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church School May Have Violated Dismissed Teacher's Rights under Family and Medical Leave Act Member access only

Employment Practices

Church Deacon Secretly Records Teenage Girls in His Bathroom Member access only


Church Board Guilty of Defamation Member access only


Priest Not a Mandatory Reporter in Child Abuse Case Member access only

Child Abuse Reporting

Discriminating Against Obese Employees Member access only

Employment Practices

Vicarious Liability Member access only

Denominations - Legal Liability

Court Resolves Lawsuit Addressing Pastor's Financial Mismanagement  Member access only

Clergy - Removal

Adding Defendants to a Lawsuit Member access only


Malicious Statements Member access only


Church Member's Defamation Suit Dismissed Member access only


Restraining Orders

Marriage; Marriage and Divorce

Monetary Awards for Injury Lawsuits

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church Treasurer Sentenced to Six Years at Hard Labor Member access only

Arbitration Member access only


Confidential and Privileged Communications Member access only