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Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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Adding Defendants to a Lawsuit Member access only


Arbitration Member access only


Are Churches Responsible for Injuries by Outside Groups on Its Property? Member access only

Church Property; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Child Abuse - Part 1 Member access only

Child Abuse

Child Abuse - Part 2 Member access only


Church Board Guilty of Defamation Member access only


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

Invasion of Privacy; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Member's Defamation Suit Dismissed Member access only


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

Employment Practices

Church Sued for Minor's Acts of Molestation Member access only

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

Civil Court Could Resolve a Lawsuit Brought by One Minister Against Another Minister Alleging Defamation Member access only

Defamation; Invasion of Privacy

Civil Court Did Not Have the Authority to Resolve a Lawsuit Brought by a Former Minister Against Denominational Officials Member access only

Church Membership - Discipline and Removal ; Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Clergy - Part 2 Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Confidential and Privileged Communications Member access only

Court Concluded That a Motion to Fire a Minister Was Invalid Because of Improper Notification Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Clergy - Removal

Court Refused to Extend the Clergy-Penitent Privilege to an Unordained, Self-Proclaimed Minister Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling; Ministerial Exception

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

Clergy - Removal

Court Upheld Ban on Hare Krishnas from Soliciting Donations at Traffic Lights Member access only

Freedom of Religion